BREAKING NEWS: UNF Faculty Union Backs Giuma

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The UNF teacher’s union is supporting Professor Tayeb Giuma in light of a termination notice delivered to the professor Feb. 2.

“We are going to defend [Giuma], we are walking with him,” said Henry Thomas, president of the UNF chapter of United Faculty Florida.

Giuma has pleaded not guilty to a battery charge for hitting his contractor with a 2X4 Sept. 25. This event was grounds enough for Giuma’s termination, said UNF Provost Mark Workman in the termination letter to Giuma.

UNF President John Delaney has said it will be very hard for Giuma to provide documentation to defend his case.

Giuma, vice president of UFF, must contact the university by Feb. 10 to request a predetermination conference.

“The UFF is standing with Giuma,” Thomas said. “We will support him in every way that we can.”

Giuma has been an asset to the university and the union, he said.

“We are hoping that the institution is reconsidering this case,” Thomas said. “This

institution has overstepped its grounds.”

Thomas said he plans to meet Giuma this weekend to go over their future.

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