Issues and Advocacy

UFF-UF is a professional organization of, by, and for the UF faculty and professional staff. We are a democratic, member-supported, volunteer-powered voice for higher education faculty at UF and statewide. Here are some of our activities. 

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Bargaining: UFF-UF serves as the bargaining agent that negotiates the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA, or “contract”) that specifies, among other things, salary, benefits, academic freedom, tenure, assignments, evaluations, and job security. Collective bargaining is led by a faculty team, with assistance from professional legal staff in the state office and expert legal counsel when necessary. Members are welcome to express their concerns and share their priorities for bargaining. They are also encouraged to self-nominate for membership on the Bargaining Committee. Contact bargaining@uff-uf.org.

Contract Enforcement/ “GrievancesUFF-UF helps faculty enforce the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA includes a provision for faculty who believe that their rights have been violated to file grievances, which, if not resolved, can proceed to binding arbitration. UFF volunteers—and, if necessary, staff from the statewide office and outside legal counsel—support members in these proceedings at no cost. contact grievance@uff-uf.org.

Government Relations: UFF-UF works with its state and national affiliates to educate the public and policy makers on the importance of higher education to Florida’s future and the importance of faculty to the future of UF. At times, these efforts are made in coordination with other groups to multiply our voice — e.g. the Administration, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, student organizations, parents’ organizations, organized labor — but UFF-UF is first and foremost the independent voice of UF faculty.

UFF-UF Climate Surveys: The UFF-UF faculty climate surveys were first conducted in spring, 2013. They address a need felt by faculty to assess the working climate on campus.  The surveys also fill an assessment gap that opened up when evaluations by faculty of university administrators were either discontinued or, if conducted, not publicized.Contact uffuffacultysurvey@gmail.com.

Ad Hoc Committees: When contract negotiations, grievances, or other issues necessitate, UFF forms committees to address specific topics. Currently, active committees include:

  • On-Line Education, Intellectual Property, and Faculty Compensation
  • Faculty-Family Council
  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty Committee