Over 40% of faculty are UFF-FAU members, and these include Distinguished Teachers, Researchers of the Year, and other outstanding faculty. UFF members are also very active in university governance; many University Senators are active UFF members. People get involved in UFF because they care about FAU as an educational institution and as a workplace.
UFF leaders listen to non-members as well as members. Members do have more of a voice in policy-making than do non-members, but that’s one of the perks of membership. Even then, much of this policy is based on faculty surveys, which are sent out to all faculty regardless of membership. New members, including assistant professors and non-tenure-track faculty, rise quickly in the ranks of leadership after just a bit of volunteering.