American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

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The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. Five divisions within the organization represent the broad spectrum of AFT's membership: teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; local, state and federal employees; higher education faculty and staff; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the union includes more than 170,000 retiree members. Many well-known Americans have been AFT members, including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield, and former United Nations Under Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.

The AFT quick link returns all content that has been tagged AFT, which currently contains collection abstracts, audio files, selected speeches and images. Please note the pager at the bottom of this page. Your main contact at the Reuther is Dan Golodner - American Federation of Teachers Archivist (AFT).

For additional information about AFT please visit the American Federation of Teachers Web site.