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Faculty Unions Want University of Florida to be Stricter on COVID Guidelines

Faculty Unions Want University of Florida to be Stricter on COVID Guidelines

“also included a list of demands”

The faculty unions at University of Florida seem to share the views of national teacher unions. What a surprise.

Campus Reform reports:

Faculty unions urge UF to be stricter on COVID guidelines

A taskforce comprising two faculty unions at the University of Florida (UF) is expressing its concerns over the school’s COVID-19 policies headed into the fall semester.

The Joint United Faculty of Florida at UF and Graduate Assistants United at UF COVID Task Force published a statement on August 5 calling on the university to “act quickly” in response to COVID-19 case numbers, citing that on July 31, “Florida reported 21,683 new COVID cases: the highest one-day total so far.”

“The University must act quickly to continually adapt to these changing—and accelerating—dynamics, and seriously reconsider current Fall 2021 re-opening plans and protocols,” the statement read.

The statement also included a list of demands from the unions.

One of the demands is that the university requires “at least weekly COVID testing for all unvaccinated individuals with continuation of prior quarantine protocols for those testing positive,”

The unions also said that “email reminders are not enough and are often relegated to ‘junk files.’”

Instead, the union suggests that “campus leaders of all types and levels must personally” encourage “universal vaccination for all UF students, faculty, and staff (with exceptions for medical, religious, and other valid reasons).”

Over the summer, multiple emails were sent to students encouraging them to get vaccinated.

On July 2, an email was sent to students encouraging them to get vaccinated. The email said “Gators, the vaccine is our greatest tool in our continued fight against COVID-19, for our families, communities, nation, and the world at large. It is the best means by which to protect ourselves and others against the virus and any new strains.”

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“campus leaders of all types and levels must personally encourage universal vaccination for all UF students, faculty, and staff”

Why? The students have no meaningful risk from covid, and to the extent faculty and staff are under, say, 45 they also have little risk.

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