We are the contingent and full-time faculty, graduate workers, staff, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate workers, and academic librarians who are the backbone of higher education in the US. At a time when corporate interests are overtaking the educational mission of the academy, we are uniting across classifications, campuses, and states to fight back.
By coming together as workers we can take on the administrative bloat, financialization, and casualization of the academy, and end the poverty wages and deteriorating working conditions that come with it.
Join us as we build the power to set industry standards that support academic workers so we can do what we love without struggling to live.
WHAT WE DO
AFTA members organize to win change locally and build power nationally.
LOCAL ORGANIZING FOR:
Living wages for all campus workers
Protections for tenure and due process
An end to graduate student fees
Affordable health insurance
Adequate paid time off
NATIONAL ADVOCACY TOWARD:
Real shared governance
Job security and pay parity for adjuncts
Meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion
State and federal funding for higher-ed
An end to student debt
NO RIGHTS, NO PROBLEM
We know that workers’ rights were won by fighting for them, and that nothing will change if we wait for labor friendly laws before beginning to organize. AFT Academics is committed to supporting campus worker organizing regardless of labor laws in your state.
WHO CAN JOIN
- Adjunct faculty
- Graduate workers
- Post-doctoral workers
- Undergraduate workers
- And more!
WALL TO WALL ORGANIZING
We know that workers’ rights were won by fighting for them, and that nothing will change if we wait for labor friendly laws before beginning to organize.
AFT Academics is committed to supporting campus worker organizing regardless of labor laws in your state.
AFT Academics is a national higher education organizing and advocacy project of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The AFT is the largest higher education union in the United States, with over 370 union locals, and 300,000 members across college and university campuses.
AFT higher education union locals include:
Faculty (TT & NTT)
– Rutgers AFT-AAUP (RUAAUP)
– UIC United Faculty (UICUF
– Lecturers Employee Organization, UMichigan (LEO)
– United Faculty of Florida (UFF)
– United Academics of Philadelphia (UAP)
– Graduate Labor Organization, Brown University (GLO)
– Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE)
– Graduate Employees Organization, UIC (UICGEO)
– Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, UOregon (GTFF)
– Temple University Graduate Students Association (TUGSA)