About Us


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. 

Meet Our Lead Organizer

Recia Crawford is the Lead Organizer for the Union of Teaching Faculty. Recia is from Grand Rapids, and comes from a pro-union family where she saw her father take an active role within his own local throughout her childhood.
Recia now lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and their 2.5 year old son. Outside of working for the UTF, Recia is passionate about social justice, women's rights, and maternal mental health issues. Her interests include public radio podcasts, being an involved member of her neighborhood and local community, and spending time with her family.
Recia is devoted to working for the UTF, and has made it a personal goal to increase member involvement and activism within the local.
You can reach Recia at UTFstaff@gmail.com or by calling 989-372-1883.

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