GSU is jointly affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors. These organizations work together with GSU as we build our union and prepare to bargain a first contract.
The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) represents 103,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois’ community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees. The IFT represents faculty, staff, and graduate workers at the University of Illinois (at the Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, and Springfield campuses), Chicago State University, City Colleges of Chicago, community colleges throughout Cook County, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and more.
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) champions academic freedom; advances shared governance; and promotes economic security for all who teach and research in higher education. Since 1915, the AAUP has shaped American higher education by developing standards that uphold quality education and ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.