The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social, and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
The AFT has more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates, and more than 1.3 million members.
The ABC Federation of Teachers was granted a charter by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in September of 1972. In 1980, the ABCFT became the exclusive bargaining agent for the teachers of the ABC Unified School District. The Union and the ABC Unified School District are engaged in a partnership that is based on working together to enhance student achievement throughout the district.
On April 15, 1916, teacher unionists gathered at the City Club on Plymouth Court in Chicago to form a new national union: the American Federation of Teachers. The founders included three teacher groups in Chicago and locals from Gary, Ind., New York City, Scranton, Pa., and Washington, D.C. Within a month, the union received its charter–bearing Samuel Gompers’ distinctive signature–from the AFL.