The United Faculty of Florida is the chosen collective-bargaining agent of faculty at the University of South Florida, 10 other Florida universities, 8 community colleges, and one private college, as well as the chosen collective-bargaining agent of graduate assistants at 3 Florida universities (including USF).
The current chapter president is Sherman Dorn.
A brief history of representation
UFF represents most USF faculty (all faculty outside the College of Medicine and chairs in Education and Arts and Sciences), as well as several hundred professional employees, because the employees in the USF bargaining unit have repeatedly chosen to be represented by the United Faculty of Florida. In the mid-1970s, faculty at USF voted with their colleagues around the state to certify UFF in the first collective-bargaining certification election in the universities. Some years later, when another union wanted to represent faculty and there was another certification election, faculty around the state university system again chose UFF. In late 2002, as the legislature was dissolving the Board of Regents, and the new university boards of trustees was refusing to recognize the status of UFF, more than 60 percent of employees in the USF bargaining unit signed collective-bargaining authorization cards, asking to continue to be represented by the United Faculty of Florida. The USF Board of Trustees voluntarily recognized UFF because the clear majority of employees in the bargaining unit wanted union representation.