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About AFT-Wisconsin

AFT-W members at the 2019 Union Leadership Institute

Our Vision:  We are a courageous union whose members collectively forge a future in which working people build just and democratic workplaces and communities.  

AFT-Wisconsin is a labor organization of professional public employees in the state of Wisconsin. Formerly called the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers, AFT-Wisconsin is a Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. Started primarily as a teachers’ union in 1931, AFT-Wisconsin today is comprised of many diverse professionals with over 500 job classifications, including members in the state PK-12 school system, the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), numerous state agencies, and the University of Wisconsin System.

Members of AFT-Wisconsin are organized into local unions, each representing workers in a specific area. Local unions with similar areas of interest belong to one of six constituency councils, and retired AFT-Wisconsin members are part of the Retiree Council:

  • Graduate Employee Council - Graduate employees at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee
  • Higher Education Council - Faculty and academic staff in the University of Wisconsin System
  • Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Council - PSRP employees in both PK-12 school districts and the WTCS
  • PK-12 Teacher Council - Teachers in Wisconsin public PK-12 school districts
  • State Employee Council - Professional employees of the State of Wisconsin
  • WTCS Council - Instructional staff in the WTCS
  • Retiree Council - Retired members from all AFT-Wisconsin local unions