Background and Structure

About the University Faculty Association (UFA, Local 119)

The UFA has been the collective bargaining agent for The University of Montana faculty since 1978.  An Executive Board elected from the membership governs the UFA.  Our meetings are open to anyone in the bargaining unit, and copies of the notes of meetings may be obtained from the UFA office.

We negotiate with the representatives of the Board of Regents regarding compensation and working conditions.

We help faculty when they have problems under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), through a grievance procedure which may include binding arbitration.

The CBA includes a “union security” clause (3.200) that obliges faculty in the bargaining unit with appointments of .5 FTE or greater for two consecutive semesters to be a member of the UFA, a “supporter”, or to make a donation equivalent to UFA dues to a specified charity.  UFA dues are one percent of a faculty member’s salary.

The current contract began July 1, 2005 and expires in June 2009. The CBA can be found on the UM web page at the UFA site or through the Provost’s office site. .

The UFA office is in the basement of University Hall (UH 002), our phone number is ext. 6592, e-mail is ufa@mail1.umt.edu. The office is open from 12:30 to 4:00 Monday through Thursday, from 10:30 to 12:00 on Fridays.

The UFA communicates with faculty through the Focus, an occasional newsletter and through our website located on the U of M web page.

The current officers and the UM affiliations are shown on the reverse.

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