Conventions, Resolutions & Awards

AFT Michigan Convention Summary

78th Convention – May 4, 2024

77th Convention – May 21, 2022

76th Convention – May 16, 2020

75th Convention – May 19, 2018

74th Convention – May 14, 2016

73rd Convention – May 14, 2014



John McDonald Union-Building Award

2022     Henry Ford Community College Federation of Teachers, Eric Rader, President 

2018     Paraprofessionals of Warren Woods, Megan Hohensee, President 

2016      Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, Ian Robinson, President     

2014      EMU Federation of Teachers, Sonya Alvarado, President  

2012      Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Christine Sipperley, President  

2010      Macomb ISD Federation of Teachers, Kenneth Reid, President  

2008     Macomb ISD Federation of Paraprofessionals, Char Kassley, President     

2006     Lecturers’ Employee Organization, Bonnie Halloran, President     

2005      Hamtramck Federation of Teachers, Bo Karpinsky, President                    

2003      Tom Watkins, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

2001       Crawford AuSable Federation of Teachers, Karen Leslie, President   



Building the Front Lines Worksite Leader Award


Myra Barnett, Hamtramck Federation of Teachers #1052

Stasi Earl, Roseville Federation of Teachers #1071

Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Macomb ISD Federation of Teachers #2144

Samson Kobbah, WCCC P&AA #4467

Tish Sheats, Lake Shore Federation of Teachers #1465

Alex Tiefel, UPAMM #5297

Anke Wolbert, EMU Federation of Teachers #9102



Andella White, Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals #2350

Danielle Nagle, Hamtramck Federation of Teachers #1052

Mistie Ryan, Lake Shore Federation of Teachers #1465

Nancy Welter, Wayne State University Union of Part-Time Faculty #477



Angela Swoszowski, Macomb ISD Federation of Teachers, #2144

Jennifer Byford, MSU Graduate Employees Union, #6196

Marcus Walton, Detroit Federation of Teachers #231

Velimir Stojkovski, UM LEO #6244, EMUFT #9102, HFCC AFO #337

Angie Brown, Macomb ISD Federation of Paraprofessionals #6216

Walter Bergman Human Rights Award

2022     Student Advocacy Center

2018     Michigan Student Power Network

2016     482Forward, Parent and community fighters for educational justice

2014     Lois Lofton Doniver, AFT Michigan Secretary-Treasurer, Detroit Federation of Teachers #231

2012     John Elliott, Retired President Detroit Federation of Teachers #231, AFT and AFT Michigan Vice President

2010     Arthur J. Divers, Ph.D., Education, Political and Community Activist, Detroit Federation of Teachers #231

2008     Maurice Geary, Counselor, Marygrove College

2006     A.W. Walker, Teacher, Highland Park Federation of Teachers Local #684

2005     Nat LaCour, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers

2003     Reginald Turner, President State Bar of Michigan, Vice President Nat’l Bar Assoc., partner Clark Hill law firm

2001     Rev. Wendell Anthony, President Detroit Chapter NAACP

1999     Susan Watson, Journalist and Labor Activist

1998     Bertha Louise Poe, Secretary-Treasurer Michigan State AFL-CIO

1997     Charles Wright, Founder Museum of African American History

1996     Coleman A. Young, Former four term Mayor City of Detroit

1995     Howard Wolpe, Sponsor of Congressional Legislation on South Africa

1994     Maryann Mahaffey, President, City of Detroit Common Council

1993     Horace Sheffield, President, Dearborn Iron Foundry Unit; UAW Int’l Union Rep; Founder, Trade Union Leadership Institute (TULC); Founder, Detroit Assoc. of Black Organizations (DABO)

1992     Rosa Parks, “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”

1991     John Conyers, Jr, United States Congressman, First District, Michigan

1990     Richard Austin, Michigan Secretary of State

1989     Tom Turner, Secretary-Treasurer, Michigan State AFL-CIO (former President Metro Detroit AFL-CIO)

1988     Alma Stallworth, Democratic State Representative 4th District

1987     Dennis Archer, Associate Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court (current Mayor, City of Detroit)

1986     William Simons, President, Washington Teachers Union and an AFT Vice President

1985     Benjamin Hooks, President, NAACP

1984     Walter Bergman, First President of the Michigan Federation of Teachers and a pioneer civil rights activist