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Your AFT Seattle Community Colleges, Local 1789

The AFT Seattle Colleges, Local 1789, represents ALL faculty in the Seattle Community Colleges. Teachers, librarians, and counselors are all faculty, and are all proudly represented. 

We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers WA; the American Federation of Teachers; and the AFL-CIO. 


The mission and purposes of the AFT Seattle are:

  • To represent faculty by upholding and negotiating the collective bargaining agreement.
  • To take a proactive approach in improving working conditions through legislative action and state funding.
  • To provide  a mechanism for the informal mediation of conflicts between faculty.
  • To promote solidarity among faculty.
  • To promote a mutually supportive relationship with the labor community.
  • To actively represent  AFT Seattle in the Washington Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Washington State and King County Labor Councils.
  • To support high standards of teaching and an excellent learning environment by securing good working conditions for faculty.
  • To promote professionalism and collegiality among faculty.  

AFT Seattle’s Response to Financial Information on SCD’s Website

The Seattle Colleges District website gives the public information about our current financial situation and the District’s decisions regarding the situation. AFT Seattle finds sections of the information to be objectionable to faculty, creating an administrative narrative that we believe shows faculty in a negative light.

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AFT 1789 Approves a Land Acknowledgement statement

The following statement is read before meetings of the Executive Board meetings of AFT 1789:
 
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Coast Salish Duwamish people, past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and pay our respects to the Coast Salish Duwamish people. Land acknowledgment is a traditional custom dating back centuries for many Native communities and nations. We express our respect and honor the Indigenous peoples of the land on which we work and live.
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About AFT Higher Education

AFT is the largest higher education union in the country, representing over 130,000 higher education faculty, professional staff and graduate employees. The AFT higher education department mission is to help our affiliates and their members prosper in the face of political, economic and technological forces challenging the most basic assumptions about the union's role on campus.

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History of the AFT

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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AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.


About the AFT

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.

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