AFT Michigan promotes public education, strengthens worker voice, advances the institutions in which our members work, and builds a progressive movement committed to achieving these goals.
AFT Michigan is the state organization of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT), our national union. Individual members belong to an AFT union local. Each union local is affiliated with AFT Michigan and the AFT.
AFT Michigan is a union of 35,000 educators working in K-12 and intermediate school districts, community colleges, and universities across the state. AFT Michigan is the state organization of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT), our national union. Individual members belong to an AFT union local affiliated with AFT Michigan and the AFT.
We are educators who are committed to working together with our communities to reclaim the promise of public education as our nation’s gateway to democracy and social justice. We believe that we are stronger together than as individuals and look forward to the day when all educators are empowered as members of strong and inclusive unions.
The foundation of AFT Michigan is strong local unions with informed and mobilized memberships. As a state federation, we are responsible for helping local leaders build strong unions and for connecting those locals into regional and statewide networks to work toward our shared goals.
Members make their voices heard on the state level by electing delegates to our biennial convention and by participating in various committees. Delegates to the biennial convention vote on policy, the goals and objectives for the state federation, and the President, Secretary-Treasurer and Administrative Board, who direct AFT Michigan operations between conventions.
AFT Michigan offers classes, workshops and conferences throughout the year offering members and leaders an opportunity to build community, master skills, and gain new knowledge. In addition, we provide in-depth training and development for teams of local leaders working on shared projects.
The AFT, AFT Michigan and our local unions are active participants in the AFL-CIO at the national, state and local levels. This labor network enhances the union’s effectiveness in local communities, the state legislature and in Washington, D.C. to address issues important to our membership.