UFF-FIU serves as the bargaining agent that negotiates the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA, or "contract") that governs, among other things, salary, benefits, academic freedom, tenure, promotion, assignments, evaluations, and job security. Collective bargaining is led by a bargaining team, with guidance from a Bargaining Committee and the UFF-FIU Executive Council. Assistance from professional legal staff in the state office and expert legal counsel is obtained when necessary.
Whether intentionally or not, sometimes administrators violate conditions of the CBA. 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 arbitration. UFF volunteers (and, if necessary, staff from the statewide office and outside legal counsel) support members in these proceedings at no cost. The Grievance Committee keeps records of and supervises all grievances. The committee insures that the Executive Council is fully informed on the progress in maintaining and expanding the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
UFF-FIU 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 FIU. 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-FIU is first and foremost the independent voice of FIU faculty.
The Political Action Committee cooperates with the State UFF in lobbying, endorsing candidates, raising contributions, gathering mailgram authorizations, sending mailgrams, conducting letter-writing campaigns, attending political functions, sponsoring events where UFF members can meet elected officials, and working with the UFF-PAC and NEA PAC.