FSU faculty union: says it has enough members to remain certified — but it was close call

Florida State University’s faculty union is still certified to represent its members after narrowly crossing a new, increased threshold.

A new law regulating unions was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis last May before it went into effect in July, requiring public unions to cross at least a 60% threshold of employee members who pay dues compared to the initial 50% requirement. Otherwise, the union is decertified for failure to meet the new standard.

The legislation also prohibits the use of paycheck deductions for most public-sector union dues.

FSU’s United Faculty of Florida President Matthew Lata, a music professor at the university, says the chapter’s membership team sent out a message to all members Tuesday morning to clarify its status.



Gideon Canice

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