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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

UTNO Constitution & Bylaws

The current version of our constitution and bylaws was last amended on August 30, 2023.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 527 chartered in 1937 with the explicit and noble mission of securing for black teachers equal pay to white teachers working in the same school system.


The Louisiana Federation of  Teachers received a charter from the American Federation of Teachers in 1965. Prior to that, an AFT local chapter existed in New Orleans as early as 1932.

LFT policy is set by an annual convention of elected delegates. An Executive Board that serves three-year terms and is elected by the convention implements policies and acts between conventions.  

Collective bargaining is the cornerstone of LFT's struggle to protect the rights of teachers and school employees. Efforts are underway in several school districts to win collective bargaining rights for educators.



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.


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