EMU Federation of Teachers Local 9102


EMUFT is local 9102 of the American Federation of Teachers. We are over 100 full-time lecturers and library staff, over 600 part-time lecturers, and together we are half of the teaching faculty at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. EMUFT is a member-driven organization. As members of EMUFT we can improve the conditions for teaching at EMU and create better educational spaces for our students. The more who are involved, the more we can do to improve teaching and learning.

LEAD Fellows Call for Applications

EMUFT LEAD Organizing Fellows - Call for Applications:

EMU Federation of Teachers (AFT Local #9102) is announcing openings in our EMUFT LEAD Organizing Fellows Program. This ten week fellowship program is designed to develop fellows’ skills in organizing union members, as well as providing experience with developing and implementing union campaigns to achieve membership growth. Fellows will learn about the daily work of labor unions and will increase their own capacity to be active members and leaders in the labor community. Fellows may engage in a variety of activities, such as one-to-one member organizing, planning and attending union member gatherings, participating in public actions, and helping to facilitate group decision-making, under the guidance of EMUFT and AFT leadership and staff.

Fellows will work a minimum of 6-8 hours/week from mid-September through mid-November for approximately 70 total hours, plus training time, under the direction of EMUFT and AFT staff and leadership. Participation in some weekend and evening activities is required. The fellowship provides a stipend of $1000. Preference is given to current dues-paying members, but current and former EMU students as well as past EMUFT members will also be considered.

Strong candidates should possess excellent communication skills, an ability to initiate interactions with people from diverse backgrounds, and a willingness to engage in both one-on-one and small group conversations about the role of unions in our workplace. Candidates should also possess a willingness to be creative and flexible, and have an open mind to various approaches to organizing new union members. Past experience with union organizing, while helpful, is not required.

To apply, please send a letter of interest indicating your reasons for wanting to participate and your prior experience in union organizing (if any), as well as your resume or CV, to EMUFTorganizer@gmail.com by 5pm on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Community Organizing - WeRoc

WeRoc (the Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition) is a coalition of community faith and labor organizations that is doing some exciting things to further social and economic justice in our region. WeROC is working to bring together membership-based community organizations to create a collective voice and impact public affairs and issues in Washtenaw county and across the state.

EMUFT has been a part of this growing movement to increase awareness and create change on a number of issues including:

Ban the (past conviction) Box on employment forms, a variety of local Education issues including promoting programs like Restorative justice instead of suspension, and working for economic dignity for working families.

You are invited to attend any WeRoc meetings to just listen in or participate in this dynamic community movement. We would love to have more EMUFT members involved in good work that WeRoc is doing in Washtenaw County.

WeRoc General meetings are help on the first Thursday of every month, 5:30-7:15pm at different locations. Watch the EMUFT Facebook page for up-to-date details (https://www.facebook.com/EMUFederationOfTeachers).

During August, September, and October Planning meetings for a large community event in November will take place on every 3rd Thursday at 6pm at different locations. Watch the EMUFT Facebook page for up-to-date details (https://www.facebook.com/EMUFederationOfTeachers).

You can also check and Like the We Roc Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/werocMI?fref=ts

EMUFT Elections March 13

Plan to come vote!  EMUFT Elections will be held on Friday, March 13,

from 10am - 7 pm in 203 Pray-Harrold.

The ballot information:

Do you approve the budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016 including a dues rate of 2.15%

Click here for the proposed budget

Officer Nominations:

President:  Lisa Laverty                

Vice President: (choose one) Matthew Cooper or Tom Wagner
Secretary: Jill Darling        

Treasurer: Anthony (Tony) Kurek

Grievance Officer: Laura Zimmerman

Click here to read statements from the candidates


Call for Officer Nominations for Upcoming Election

The election committee for EMUFT is seeking nominations for the offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Grievance Officer. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know who is a member of the union, then please do so by sending an email to emuft9102@gmail.com, no later than Thursday, February 19th, 2015.

Elections will be held on campus on Friday, March 13, 2015. More details on this will follow. Please look for the list of nominees in the coming few weeks and plan to come vote on the 13th.

Info Sessions on Elections and Dues Rate

EMUFT will offer informational sessions about upcoming elections and a dues rate increase, proposed by the EMUFT Union Council.

Please come to a session to learn more, and talk with others, about these issues.

There are multiple meeting times, you need only come to one:

Mon  2/9  7:15- 8:15 pm 409 Pray-Harold
Tue  2/10  11:15 am - 12:15 pm 125 Sill
Tue  2/10  5:15-6:15 pm 154 Science Complex
Wed  2/11  2:30-3:30 pm College of Business room 222


The election is March 13 during the day. Location TBA.

EMUFT is a member-driven organization. The more who are involved, the stronger we will become. Will you commit to working with other EMUFT members in 2015?