The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and represents nearly 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates and 1.6 million members.
Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT's membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.
The issues we address on behalf of all of our members include:
- Education reform and school restructuring
- Privatization of public services
- Worker and workplace health and safety concerns
- Professional development/training programs
- Federal and state legislation
- Healthcare, Social Security and pensions
- School and hospital staffing
- Licensure and certification
Interns at the AFT provide research support on worker and professional issues for the different constituencies of the AFT. Interns must be able to work independently on one or two long-term research assignments, as well as assist with short-term projects as the need arises.
Fellows work with the AFT to examine the impact of educational voucher and tax-credit systems on student performance and district finances; examine the proliferation of non-union employee organizations and their business mode; and work with the AFT to deepen the connection between the labor movement, public education and Jewish life in the United States.