Higher Education Faculty & Support Staff

Faculty and support staff at several public and private higher education institutions across Connecticut are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions. These educators hold a variety of positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each may have unique concerns and needs, they share goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.

In 2022, several local chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) joined our state federation’s labor family when their national union affiliated with AFT. Together, we work hand-in-hand to protect academic freedom on campuses and to unify the faculty voice for greater strength at the Connecticut General Assembly.

Click here to learn more about the “Higher Ed, Not Debt” campaign.

Click here for our national union’s campaign to unite contingent faculty, graduate and undergraduate workers.

Click here to learn more about AAUP’s affiliation with AAUP.

Higher Education News

  • “Making Real Progress Today” while Preparing for the Next Round

    Moving employers from fixating on operating margins to investing in their workforce requires union members to muster a significant show of strength. Engaging, developing and empowering activists is critical to building and sustaining the pressure often needed to secure contractual gains. Our latest collective bargaining wins report highlights a local healthcare union’s recent victory that…

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  • Embracing Real Solutions for All Who Depend on Us

    In the final hours of the General Assembly’s 2024 session, labor activists and students secured an infusion of resources into the state’s public higher education. Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox (in screenshot, above), a council member in our AFT Connecticut affiliated CSU-AAUP, laid out the case for action in an op-ed published just days before. He made a…

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  • Striving to Balance a Growing Healthcare Duopoly

    Since late last year, members of the local unions at UConn Health (UCH) have renewed efforts to both protect and expand the state’s only public medical center. Two leaders of our AFT Connecticut-affiliated UCHC-AAUP, Michael Baldwin, MD (right, in collage above) and Ion Moraru, MD, PhD (left), clarified shared objectives in a recent op-ed. Together…

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