Who are we?
We are the non-tenure track instructional faculty at Michigan State University affiliated with AFT-Michigan. We teach for-credit and other required courses all over campus. We are more than 550 professionals who organized a union and have ratified two contracts to establish a systematic way to improve our job security, health care, benefits, and wages.
Why a union?
We believe the only way to make significant change is to act collectively. Through our combined strength, we have the right to negotiate with the administration in a unified voice.
The Union’s constitution was ratified on June 10, 2010 and was last amended on February 4, 2019. The constitution lays out the objectives of the union, qualifications for membership, the rules for fair and democratic elections, the duties of the executive board after they are elected, and the rules of order for union procedures.
Meet our Officers and Staff
Our union is run by an executive board that is democratically elected by full members of the union. With the help of our dedicated organizing staff, they manage union events, preside over official meetings, and help represent faculty when meeting with the administration.
How can you get involved?
The first step is becoming a member. Becoming a member indicates your support for collective bargaining and gives you a voice in setting the organization’s priorities. It allows you the right to vote and impacts your union as a whole by giving us more clout with the university. Because we are a member-driven organization, we need your involvement! Keep yourself updated about volunteer opportunities by filling out the linked form below.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is the largest higher education union in the country, representing over 130,000 higher education faculty, professional staff and graduate employees. The AFT higher education department mission is to help our affiliates and their members prosper in the face of political, economic and technological forces challenging the most basic assumptions about the union’s role on campus. The political attack on public service in general and public higher education in particular has, in part, resulted in:
- tight budgets as well as anti-union presidents and boards of trustees;
- attacks on tenure, shared governance and academic freedom;
- exploitation of part-time/adjunct and other nontenure track faculty as well as graduate employees; and,
- increased intervention from state and federal legislators.
Use the following links to learn more about AFT in Michigan, across the nation, and the different benefits AFT provides.