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 United Faculty of Florida-Florida Poly


Frequently Asked Questions About YOUR Union

What Is UFF?

UFF is an affiliate of the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO. Together our millions of members are fighting for high quality public education and democracy in D.C. and across the nation. UFF represents more than 20,000 faculty members at all 12 public universities, at 11 colleges and community colleges, and at St. Leo University.

What UFF Does

Collective Bargaining and Contract Enforcement

Only UFF members can serve on collective bargaining teams and set priorities for negotiations with your Board of Trustees. Contract enforcement teams represent members when their contractual rights are violated, but only if you are a member at the time of an incident. Members are entitled to have representation at investigations (including if you are yourself under investigation or if you are a witness), as well as any contractual violations or disciplinary action (including termination). Member-volunteers support their colleagues and have access to professional staff and attorneys when needed. Non-members must represent themselves or retain private legal counsel in the event they are placed under investigation or are disciplined or discharged.

What is the “bargaining unit” and how is it related to Florida Polytechnic University?

The bargaining unit is the group of Florida Poly professionals who are represented by UFF Florida Poly in collective bargaining and other negotiations with the Florida Polytechnic administration and the Board of Trustees. Faculty belonging to the bargaining unit — whether they are dues-paying UFF Poly members or not — are legally protected by the terms of employment specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Who is in the bargaining unit?

Membership in the bargaining unit is dependent upon your position title.

What are the UFF membership dues, and who determines them?

Membership dues are currently 1% of your regular gross salary. The dues rate is set by the UFF Senate, a state-level body in which each UFF chapter is represented by senators elected by the chapter.

What do I get for my dues?

Are my dues tax-deductible?

Yes, some or all of your dues may be tax-deductible as an itemized business expense.

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