Did You Know?
Faculty members launched UFF in 1968
to defend against discrimination and harassment in academia.
UFF’s origins lie in efforts by faculty to defend academic freedom, defend civil liberties, and end racial discrimination at UF. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, UF administrators fired or denied tenure to outspoken advocates of racial integration and faculty rights. Believing that only a binding contract, with strong grievance procedures, could protect faculty from such harassment, UFF pioneers launched the union in 1968. After nearly a decade of struggle, UFF achieved a state-wide collective bargaining agreement in 1976 and since then has remained a vigorous and effective agent on behalf of academic freedom and faculty rights. – Bob Zieger, UF Professor Emeritus, History, July 2012. See more at UFF – Our History.
Our UFF-UCF chapter continues the great union traditions that began in Florida in 1968. We work throughout the year to protect academic freedom, defend civil liberties and end racial discrimination while promoting excellence in academic achievement at our institution.