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Union Building Institute- February 4, 2023

AFT Michigan’s Union Building Institute will take place on February 4, 2023, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at UM-Dearborn Fairlane North. Sessions are designed to help all members develop skills to build power at their worksites and unions. With a morning and two afternoon sessions, participants will have the opportunity to design their own UBI agendas by selecting up to 3 workshops from 14 sessions being offered to develop their knowledge and skills around organizing, team building, bargaining, and social justice.

Read descriptions about all the sessions being offered at UBI here.​ Register for Union Building Institute at Please reach out to Meenakshi Mukherjee ( with any questions.

EMUFT Moves Forward to Unify Bargaining Units

The Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 9102, is nearing a goal held since the earliest days of the local – unifying part-time and full-time lecturers in one bargaining unit. Members of EMUFT are now voting in what’s called a “self determination” election held by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. If both units vote yes, the local will bargain a unified contract covering all lecturers in 2023.

Fill Out Our 2023 Legislative Priorities Survey

For the first time in 4 decades, Democrats control all branches of state government, which means we have an historic opportunity to roll back the anti-union attacks of past administrations and begin to map out a better future for Michigan. We would like to hear from members across our constituencies about what our shared priorities in Lansing should be as a union.

Please click this link to fill out the survey.

Register for the Justice Leaders Collaborative Core Course 

The Justice Leaders Collaborative (JLC) Core Course is open to all AFT Michigan leaders passionate about issues of equity, inclusion and social justice. Learning will focus on issues of privilege, oppression and inequality along lines of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Participants will come to understand their own social identities, biases, and prejudices; increase their knowledge about the histories and present realities of various social identity groups; and begin considering how to incorporate this knowledge and awareness into building strong unions.

Our next cohort of the Justice Leaders Core Course will run 6 consecutive Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM, starting January 30th. Nearly 100 AFT Michigan leaders from all constituencies have now completed the Core Course. To register for the Justice Leaders Core Course fill out this form: GhsHNMprbSefabPb6

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students and communities all year round and we need your help. Can you donate $1 a week to aid us in this fight? Please visit the AFT Michigan website to contribute and make a big difference in protecting public education and building a better Michigan future! 

Professional Development 

AFT Michigan Virtual Workshop 

Cultivating the Somebodiness of Students and Educators (Dignity)

December 10, 2022 

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will examine research based approaches about how dignity affects students’ growth both socially, emotionally and academically.  It will also provide strategies to promote educators’ agency and efficacy while enhancing students’ learning by implementing dignity strategies into the educational realm.

Click here to register

In solidarity

David Hecker


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