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Why is union membership so important?
Watch this video from Florida Education Association to learn more.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.


Whereas United Faculty of Florida-FSCJ represents 400 faculty members who are residents of the greater Jacksonville area,

And whereas a number of our tens of thousands of students and faculty are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community,

And whereas organized labor and Faculty unions have long supported and continue to support legal protections against discrimination for all people,

Be it resolved that, 
United Faculty of Florida-FSCJ fully endorses passage of the proposed Human Rights Ordinance 2017–15.

Passed unanimously, Jan. 13, 2017