Membership FAQs

What is the bargaining unit and how is it related to the University of Florida?      The bargaining unit is the group of UF employees who are represented by UFF-UF in collective bargaining and other negotiations with UF administration and the Board of Trustees. Faculty belonging to the bargaining unit — whether they are dues-paying UFF-UF members or not — are legally protected by the terms of employment specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). For faculty within the bargaining unit, if there is a conflict between university policies and the CBA, the rules specified in the CBA prevail. For more information, see UF’s Human Resources “Union Contracts.”

Who is in the bargaining unit?
Membership in the bargaining unit is dependent upon your position title and upon your college. Colleges, centers, and programs within the bargaining unit include

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Counseling and Wellness Center
  • Distance and Continuing Education
  • Design, Construction, and Planning
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Journalism and Communications
  • International Center
  • Digital Worlds
  • Academic Spoken English
  • Writing Program
  • Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
  • Libraries
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Natural History and Harn Museums
  • Student Health Care Center
  • Whitney Marine Laboratory

 

Professional positions within the bargaining unit are specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Appendix A. They include

  • (Assistant and Associate) Professor
  • (Assistant and Associate) Clinical Professor
  • (Senior and Master) Lecturer
  • (Assistant and Associate) University Librarian
  • University School (Assistant and Associate) Professor
  • University School Instructor
  • (Assistant and Associate) Curator
  • Research Associate
  • (Assistant and Associate) Engineer
  • (Assistant and Associate) Scholar
  • (Assistant and Associate) Scientist
  • Psychiatrist
  • University Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Student Counseling Specialist
  • Chairs and Directors of some departments and programs

If you have any questions about whether or not you are part of the bargaining unit, please contact us for clarification.

Why is my college—IFAS, Law, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine—not included in the bargaining unit?
The bargaining unit consists of faculty and professional staff in those colleges that ratified UFF-UF as their bargaining agent. If, in the future, these other colleges would like to become part of our bargaining unit, they can hold a vote to join.

Can I join UFF if I am not in the bargaining unit?
Yes. Faculty members not in the bargaining unit can join the At-Large Chapter of UFF. Retired faculty can join the Retiree Chapter of UFF.

Why should non-tenure track faculty join UFF-UF?
Non-tenure track faculty represent a sizable and active portion of UFF-UF membership. NTT faculty often meet independently to discuss issues of particular significance to them. The current CBA deliberately avoids distinctions between tenure track and non-tenure track faculty on the principle that our interests and professional values are fundamentally similar. In fact, there are only a few items in the CBA (for example, on tenure, sabbaticals, and SPP) that do not pertain to non-tenure track faculty.

My spouse/domestic partner and I are both in the bargaining unit. Should we both join UFF-UF?
While it may seem like a cost savings to only have one UFF-UF member in a household, there are important reasons why you should both join. Membership numbers strengthen UFF-UF as a whole. Also, only members are eligible for free representation in the grievance process and other benefits. UFF membership is an investment in your career.

How do I join UFF-UF?
Click here to download our membership form