AFT Michigan Higher Education Locals

AFT Michigan represents about 35,000 members in 97 locals throughout the state of Michigan. Higher education is the fastest growing segment of our membership.

The following higher education locals are members of AFT Michigan:

  • Central Michigan University—Graduate Student Union
  • Central Michigan University-Union of Teaching Faculty
  • Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers
  • Ferris State University—Non-tenure Track Faculty Organization
  • Henry Ford Community College—Adjunct Faculty Organization
  • Henry Ford Community College Federation of Teachers
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College Federation of Teachers
  • Kirtland Community College Federation of Teachers
  • Lansing Community College Administrators
  • Macomb Community College – Association of Adjunct Faculty
  • Macomb Community College Faculty Organization
  • Michigan State University—Graduate Employees Union
  • Michigan State University—Union of Non Tenured Faculty
  • Schoolcraft College Association of Admin & Professional Personnel
  • University of Michigan—Graduate Employees Organization
  • University of Michigan—Lecturers’ Employee Organization
  • Wayne County Community College Federation of Teachers
  • Wayne County Community College Professional & Administrative Staff
  • Wayne State University Faculty and Academic Staff (affiliated jointly with the AAUP)
  • Wayne State University—Graduate Employees Organizing Committee
  • Wayne State University—Union of Part-Time Faculty
  • Western Michigan University—Professional Instructors Organization
  • Western Michigan University—Teaching Assistants Union

Legislative and Political Action

Community colleges and universities depend on legislative action for a significant portion of their funding, among other issues.

AFT Michigan maintains a strong presence in Lansing, lobbying lawmakers on issues of concern to our membership, while the AFT lobbies in Washington, D.C. We fight for adequate funding, limits on the excessive use and exploitation of part time faculty and staff, and the faculty’s role in collegiate governance. We work with our locals to keep members informed about issues moving through the legislature and encourage members to become involved in the legislative process.

We are active politically, conferring with members of congress, the state legislature and college and university boards, and work to elect people who support higher education and higher education employees.

Download a .pdf copy of the 2014 Michigan Higher Ed Platform here.

Professional Development

The AFT and AFT Michigan offers programs dealing with higher education issues and with topics related to leadership development. The AFT has an annual higher education conference, conducted by our national union’s higher education department.


The AFT publication On Campus is mailed to every member of each higher education local. It contains news about the union, discussion of issues of concern in higher education around the country, information about discounts and other member benefits. The AFT Michigan’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, including David Hecker, AFT Michigan President’s Twitter feed, are excellent sources of information about the union, and the legislature.  Additionally, AFT Michigan maintains a list-serve for members of our higher education locals.

Higher Education within the AFT Michigan

AFT Michigan has five representatives of higher education on our Administrative Board. Additionally, our state president is a past president of an AFT higher education local.

AFT Michigan maintains a permanent Higher Education Committee which includes representatives of all higher education locals.