Any member of the University of Florida bargaining unit is eligible to join the UF Chapter of United Faculty of Florida. The bargaining unit consists of faculty and other professionals in many colleges and units, including CLAS, Engineering, Arts, Business, HHP, Libraries, Education, Journalism, CWC, and PK Yonge. We represent both tenure track and non-tenure-track faculty. If you have any questions about whether or not you are in the bargaining unit, you are welcome to contact us for assistance.
If you are not in the bargaining unit (as is the case for faculty and professional staff in IFAS, Law, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine), you can still join UFF as an “at-large” member of United Faculty of Florida. At-large member dues are approximately $500 per year. At-large members receive all the same benefits as any other UFF member, including grievance representation, legal representation, and the right to representation in disciplinary matters. However, the terms of their employment are not subject to the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by UFF-UF.
An at-large membership brochure and enrollment form is available here.
Why you should join
Florida is a “right to work” state. That means that membership in the union that represents you at the bargaining table is not automatic. In other words, you can enjoy many of the benefits of union representation without paying dues. However, your membership contributes to UFF-UF’s collective voice, making us all more effective, whether lobbying the in the state legislature or negotiating your Collective Bargaining Agreement. Our collective strength comes back to you in increased salary and improved working conditions.
In addition, UFF-UF provides a number of specific benefits that are only for dues-paying members and their families. These include:
As a member, you can receive UFF representation should you need to file a grievance. You also have the right to UFF representation in any meeting with a supervisor that may result in disciplinary action. Non-members must either represent themselves or hire outside legal assistance. This is a benefit that can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
*A voice in defining UFF priorities and plans
UFF-UF is led by its members. We define our plans and priorities collegially and democratically. As a member, you have a say in all matters concerning UFF, including how we negotiate our contract, how we defend faculty rights and due process, and who represents us as UFF officers.
UFF’s affiliation with the NEA and AFT entitles members to discounts in a host of services and goods, large and small. Here are some highlights:
Insurance: a full range of discounted products, including life, home, auto, renter's, long-term care, catastrophic medical, veterinary, dental and vision. They also receive $1,000,000 complimentary professional liability insurance; $1,000 complimentary life insurance; $5,000 complimentary accidental death insurance. New members receive $15,000 complimentary life insurance for one year.
Legal assistance: two free 30-minute legal consultations per year on non-work related matters (such as wills and estate planning, traffic matters, real estate, and family law) and up to a 30% discount for legal work performed.
Financial: special rates and reduced closing costs on loans, including mortgage, home equity, personal, student loans, and credit cards
Shopping: discounts on flowers, books, computers, wireless phone service, tax preparation, movie tickets, and more
Travel: discounts on travel-related products and services, including purchases of union-made cars, car rentals, moving vans, hotels, vacation packages, theme park admissions, and Motor Club membership
As management at two companies, I saw how unionized employees were protected and how that made us a better company. UF faculty need a union working for them in these troubled times.
John Schueller, Department of Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
I joined UFF twenty years ago because I thought a union was the best weapon the faculty had to defend its rights against meddling by the legislature. If anything, this threat has expanded in recent years, and now includes the governor and trustees who wish to dilute the vision of a great state university by imposing a corporate model. Only UFF stands in the way.
Peter Hirschfeld, Department of Physics
There is a phrase in Swahili, Umoja ni nguvu — Unity is strength. Without the union each faculty member stands alone. But none of us want to stand alone. When my job was in trouble and I had to fight for it, UFF stood with me, fought for me, and gave me a voice when I didn’t think I had one. When things are up, you have a union. When things are down — and when you really need help — you have a union. Having a voice as an NTT faculty member at UF means having a collective voice at all times.
Rose Lugano, Lecturer, Swahili Language and Literatures
I love my work recruiting, mentoring and advising students, but as a faculty member in an 'assistant in' advising line, sometimes I wonder where I fit in at UF. Despite all the ways non-tenure track faculty contribute to the university, our own rights and benefits are not always top priority. Being in UFF gives me a voice and creates stability in an unstable political environment like this last legislative session. We have power when we unite, plain and simple.
Regan Garner, Assistant Director & Advisor, Honors Program
Our website provides information to UFF-UF members and members of the bargaining unit at the University of Florida. In addition, we use this platform to share information that we believe to be of special interest to members but that is not necessarily the opinion or official position of UFF-UF.
UFF has been advocating for Florida’s faculty. We have a proven ability to influence legislation, negotiate contractual rights, and protect members against contract violations. With your membership, we can be even stronger.