From United Faculty of Florida Facebook post, February 26, 2019:
“This is a huge move in the right direction, improving communication between administrators and employees. I see positive things happening in the future for both!”
“Having a chapter of United Faculty of Florida at SJR State is another important step forward for the faculty and their collaboration with the administration in the shared governance of the college.”
“I am very excited that we will now have a faculty union here at SJR State! This is not at all a repudiation of our administrators or an ‘us-versus-them’ movement. This unionization effort has been about developing and enhancing shared governance and establishing collective bargaining as legal equals under Florida’s Constitution.”
“I congratulate the St. Johns River State College faculty as it becomes our 31st chapter, as well as the 14th Florida college, to become part of United Faculty of Florida. Each of these faculty union drives were initiated by local faculty, not union staff or state union leaders. No one outside of their institutions collected any cards. They all filed with nearly double the required authorizations and majority membership. This is historic and a national example to the labor movement. We are thrilled to add their passion, expertise and professionalism to our efforts to improve higher education in the state of Florida."
St. Johns River faculty join faculty at Pasco-Hernando State College, Lake Sumter State College, Tallahassee Community College, State College of Florida (Manatee-Sarasota) and Florida Polytechnic University in voting for union representation since 2016. In all, the United Faculty of Florida has grown from 25 to 31 chapters since 2016 as faculty and higher education professionals realize that higher education needs the collective voices of faculty to support high quality education and to promote adequate and fair funding for our public institutions.
SJR State faculty union forms