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About AFT Local # 223

This organization was established August 5, 1930, at the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus by members of its faculty who felt that the integrity and quality of undergraduate and graduate education, and of the research which is essential to education, were seriously jeopardized by inaction on the part of the faculty with respect to University affairs, public and legislative affairs, conditions under which students live and work, and faculty compensation and other conditions under which the faculty work and teach.

It is the aim of this organization to defend and increase the role and effectiveness of the faculty and academic staff in shaping University policy and practices concerning these important aspects of the University's purposes. This we hope to achieve through collective bargaining, and other appropriate means, building upon the concept of our vital and moral responsibility to work in concert to identify problems, not the least of which is the perpetuation of discrimination in the hiring, remuneration and promotion of minority group members and women. It is the further aim of this organization to devise, propose, and achieve implementation of the solution of these problems while protecting academic, civil, and personal freedoms of all persons in the University and society.

About AFT Higher Education

AFT is the largest higher education union in the country, representing over 130,000 higher education faculty, professional staff and graduate employees. The AFT higher education department mission is to help our affiliates and their members prosper in the face of political, economic and technological forces challenging the most basic assumptions about the union's role on campus.

History of the AFT

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.

About the AFT

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.