UFF’s origins lie in efforts by faculty to protect academic freedom, defend civil liberties, and end racial discrimination at UF. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, UF administrators fired or denied tenure to outspoken advocates of racial integration and faculty rights.
Believing that only a binding contract, with strong grievance procedures, could protect faculty from such harassment, UFF pioneers launched the union in 1968. After nearly a decade of struggle, UFF achieved a state-wide collective bargaining agreement in 1976 and since then has remained a vigorous and effective agent in behalf of academic freedom and faculty rights.
— Robert H. “Bob” Zieger, UF Distinguished Professor of History, 2012
Run by and for faculty, the University of Florida Chapter of United Faculty of Florida (UFF-UF) represents over 1600 faculty and professionals in some of the largest colleges and units on campus, including the College of the Arts, Business Administration, Design, Construction and Planning, Education, Health and Human Performance, Journalism and Communications, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Libraries, Museums, and Student Affairs. We also represent teachers at the PK Yonge Developmental Research School.
We are the bargaining agent that negotiates and enforces the Collective Bargaining Agreement (“contract”) for members of the bargaining unit.
We work with our state and national affiliates to educate the public and policy makers on the importance of higher education to Florida’s future and on the important work that faculty and professionals do at the University of Florida.
We also provide solidarity and professional support for our members.
People: Chapter Officers, Senators, Delegates, office staff
Chapter Governance: Council minutes, Constitution, Bylaws
Affiliate Unions: UFF, GAU, FEA, AFT, NEA, AFL-CIO