Statement of Support for United Faculty of Florida and all Florida Academic Workers

February 17, 2023

Wayne State University AAUP-AFT Local 6075, the union of faculty and academic staff, stands in support of United Faculty of Florida (UFF) in their defense of academic freedom from attacks by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

UFF represents over 25,000 higher education faculty and graduate assistants in the state. Over the past few years, the union has struggled against the various efforts of Gov. DeSantis to impose and enforce his political ideology on Florida’s campuses.

These measures have included:

In our polarized political climate, we know that attacks against the basic principles of higher education and academic freedom are not solely confined to Florida. We also realize that in struggles for human and labor rights, we need to be united to protect our rights and achieve greater justice.

Therefore, in support of the rights of all members of the higher education system to learn without undue political influence, and in defense of the principles of academic freedom and tenure, we stand in solidarity with UFF and all Florida academic workers.

The above statement was voted on and supported by the membership of AAUP-AFT Local 6075 at the February 17, 2023 general meeting.