The 700-member Association of Adjunct Faculty of Macomb Community College in Michigan has voted to affiliate with the AFT. AAFMCC represents the nontenure-track faculty at the college, which is one of the largest degree-granters in the state.
"AAFMCC is a strong and effective union," says AAFMCC president Richard Filbey. "Given the mounting attacks on unions and public education, it became imperative that we affiliate with the larger labor movement in order to remain viable and effective. AFT brings broad experience, effective representation and technical expertise that will be of great benefit to our members."
AFT Michigan president David Hecker, who is an AFT vice president, says the affiliation vote will also strengthen the state federation. "With strong local leadership and a commitment to organized labor and public education, AAFMCC adds a great deal to AFT Michigan. We look forward to connecting them with other adjunct locals across the region to ensure that nontenure-track faculty are treated with the respect they deserve and improve MCC."
AFT Michigan is the state's largest higher education union, representing more than 15,000 faculty and staff members across the state, including nontenure-track faculty at Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Henry Ford Community College, Michigan State, University of Michigan, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State and Western Michigan University. [AFT Michigan]
May 7, 2013