Established in 2011
We are the Union of Teaching Faculty is a group of dedicated teaching professionals at Central Michigan University. Members of the UTF teach more students and generate more revenue than any other faculty group at CMU.
The UTF is committed to enhance higher education at the local, state, and national level. Through a collective voice, we advocate policies that improve the welfare of fixed-term faculty and their students at Central Michigan University.
The UTF is Local 6523 of the American Federation of Teachers. We are affiliated with AFT-Michigan and the AFL-CIO, and a member of the CMU Joint Union Council.
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.
AFT President Randi Weingarten on July 18 delivered a forceful case for Hillary Clinton, while hailing the 100-year-old union as a vehicle empowering our more than 1.6 million workers at the bargaining table and the ballot box.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.
As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.