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Our Vision:  We are a courageous union whose members collectively forge a future in which working people build just and democratic workplaces and communities.  

AFT-Wisconsin is your union. We are a union of professionals working in the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, public schools, and state agencies. Through collective action in our workplace and communities, we help ensure affordable and high-quality public education and services. We create democratic workplaces where workers who know the jobs best have a say in how the institution is run. We fight

The AFT represents higher education faculty (including both full- and part-time), professional staff and graduate employees, in all sectors of higher education—public and private, two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.



UAPUWL Origins

We are a group of faculty members (both tenure-track and instructional academic staff) at UW-La Crosse. Our local chapter originated in the wake of Act 10 (2011) and today continues to organize higher education professionals to address current issues in our workplace.

2022 UAPUWL Brochure (click here)

Recent Accomplishments

  • The Future of the UW System, 2022: UAPUWL hosted a presentation and dialogue with Dr. Jon Shelton, Chair of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay. He discussed recent legislative proposals that affect the UW System and that could impact academic freedom

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