Events

  • MRU to Honor Kathy Kelley on October 2, 2014

    All of us had things we wished to accomplish prior to retiring. Kathleen Kelley, former lobbyist and president of the AFT MA, wanted to establish a statewide organization for retirees. She knew that a number of districts had retirement groups, but they were largely social in nature. She felt retirees needed more.

    In late ...

  • Teaching the Teachers in new AFT PD

    Even though New England boasts some of the best schools and educators in the world, our teachers are never satisfied to rest on their laurels. That is why so many of them gathered over the days of June 26-28 at the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) Hall in Dorchester to engage each other around ...

  • Sitting Down with Legislators in New AFT-MA Roundtable Series

    As the Commonwealth prepares for what may be a monumental shift in governance (with the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer up for grabs, as well as many House and Senate seats), it is more important than ever to know where our elected officials stand on important issues like for ...

  • Come to the AFT MA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
    Please come to the AFT MA NEW LEADERS CONFERENCE
    Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10 AM – 3 PM
    The Doubletree in Westborough, MA
    ALL 9including experienced members and leaders) are welcome)
    RSVP: jdaniel@aftma.net
    Thank you!
  • Teaching the Teachers: AFT unites region in teacher-led professional development

    Even though New England boasts some of the best schools and educators in the world, our teachers are never satisfied to rest on their laurels. That is why so many of them gathered over the days of June 26-28 at the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) Hall in Dorchester to engage each other around ...

ABCs of AFT: American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL - CIO)

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (n.)  – The largest federation of unions in the United States. Having merged in 1955, the combined AF of L and C of IO (commonly referred to collectively as the AFL-CIO) is made up of 56 national and international unions (including the American Federation of Teachers) and represents more than 11 million workers.

As a voluntary federation, the AFL–CIO has little authority over its member unions, but often supports members in resolution of disagreements and other protective measures. Oft-portrayed (even by itself) as the “House of Labor,” the AFL-CIO’s only membership restriction excludes any unions whose policies and activities tend towards or support any activities or ideas that suppress individual liberties and freedom of association.

In addition to existing for the purposes of its members, the AFL-CIO is also governed by them. Every four years. Members meet at a national convention to elect delegates, who in turn elect officers, debate and approve policy, and set dues.

In addition to supporting their member unions and individual constituents, the AFL-CIO is a noted force in campaigns that supports political candidates and non-union organizations that espouse their pro-labor values. Headed by President Richard Trumka since 2009, the AFL-CIO remains a formidable political force, thanks in great part to its “get out the vote” efforts and influential “slate cards” that advise members as to which candidates to support in any given election or campaign.

The AFL–CIO also has a long and influential history in the struggle for civil rights. Though the AFL originally excluded workers of colors, after re-joining with the CIO, both groups began to pay more attention to these vital workers. Today, the AFL-CIO stands united in support of all workers who seek their support, including the millions of educators, education administrators, medical and public workers who consider the AFL-CIO “their” union