Welcome to the United Faculty of Florida (UFF). We are a vibrant and growing union with a dynamic history. UFF represents over 20,000 faculty members at all twelve Florida public universities, at fourteen state and community colleges, and at the private university, Saint Leo University. UFF is also the voice of 8000 graduate assistants at four universities. Our goal is to make a difference for higher education in Florida. UFF is your advocate for building stronger universities and colleges across Florida. We represent you in ALL HIGHER EDUCATION issues – academic freedom, bargaining for quality faculty salaries and benefits, and lobbying to advance, protect, and strengthen the university and college systems.
We also have At-Large membership status for individual faculty at non-union colleges. This provides an opportunity for any faculty member to join UFF. Since 2016, we have added six new chapters and are currently organizing additional new chapters.
We urge you to make a difference. Be an active union member: attend local chapter meetings, volunteer to serve your local, and take part in state-wide union and education activities. Together, we ALL make this union stronger. Members elect officers and representatives to serve on chapter executive boards and represent your views. Members elect Senators from your chapter to voice your concerns at statewide UFF Senate meetings. Local representatives negotiate your Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) which include compensation and benefits, as well as working conditions such as workload, yearly calendar, intellectual property rights, and a safe and supportive work environment.
UFF advocates for you in the Florida legislature. UFF lobbies on behalf of educators on important issues like guns on college campuses, budget reform, sensible performance funding, transparency in public meetings, higher education reforms, and in opposing anti-union and anti-faculty issues. UFF also attends and monitors the Board of Governors and State Board of Education meetings. The 2020 Legislative Session begins in January 2020, and UFF will be in Tallahassee representing you and your concerns regarding higher education in Florida.
Our priority is representing our profession and our members. Members recognize the need for faculty voices in decision-making at our institutions of higher learning. There is strength in numbers and UFF membership is not only important to support you as an individual, but as a union, we are leaders in Florida’s higher education system. As a member you will be joining thousands of your colleagues to create the best system of higher education possible for the students of Florida.
It is an honor to serve as your President and First Vice-President.
Karen Morian, Ph.D. (President)
Jaffar Ali S Hameed, Ph.D. (First Vice President)