UFF-FSU represents tenured faculty.
Tenure is among the most important rights held by FSU faculty, and it exists only because it is written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Nothing in state law grants tenure, and indeed legislators have expressed an interest in eliminating tenure in the universities and state colleges, just as they have eliminated it in the K-12 schools. Your Collective Bargaining Agreement is your best protection as a tenured faculty member, but the tenure provisions in the CBA are only as strong as the union that negotiates them on your behalf.
However, as was demonstrated in 2009-2010, when the university proposed a sweeping program of layoffs of tenured faculty, negotiating tenure rights is only half the story. They also have to be enforced. In this instance, 21 tenured faculty in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Visual Arts, Theater, & Dance were slated for termination. After spending well over $100,000 on staff and legal expenses, UFF prevailed and all 21 faculty were reinstated.
One of UFF-FSU’s long-term goals is to preserve tenure as an institution at FSU. This means both preventing a slippage of jobs from tenure-track to non-tenure-track classifications and protecting the integrity of tenure rights. UFF-FSU is committed to standing up for tenure. Tenure is essential for academic freedom, it is a key feature of a quality university, and it helps to create a climate of open expression and scientific inquiry that benefits all faculty members as well as students and society.