AFT-W’s structure is based on constituency groups called “Councils”. This is recognition of the fact that while we’re all in this together, we have some differences. For example, state employees and graduate assistants bargain with the Office of State Employee Relations, while K-12 locals bargain with local school boards and Technical Colleges bargain with the technical college’s board. College faculty and academic staff haven’t had the chance to bargain with anyone.
Each council is guaranteed at least one seat on the Executive Council, known as a Council Vice President. Councils can also have their own bylaws and officers if they want.
To see a chart of AFT-W's organizational structure, click here.