Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers


WOUFT is Local 2278 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). WOUFT represents all Western Oregon University faculty members employed at or above 0.5 FTE with respect to salary, employment terms, and work conditions. Since 1974, the federation has worked to promote the collective welfare of the faculty community. WOUFT works with its affiliated organizations to eliminate discrimination in institutions of higher education, to enact just laws which will improve the climate for students and faculty, and to advance the public image of higher education.

Our affiliate organizations are AFT, AFL-CIO, and AFT-Oregon.

This website is designed to be useful to our membership.  Here you will find contact information for the Executive Council, the bargaining team, stewards, and grievance officers, as well as our constitution and bylaws, affiliate (AFT and AFT-Oregon) information, a section on your Weingarten rights, and more.

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Member Organizer Position 2019-2020

Link to Member Organizer Application and Position Description  

WOUFT will be participating in AFT-Oregon’s Member Organizer Institute, a training and development opportunity for emerging leaders and activists who are ready to take their union organizing skills to the next level and build our local for the future.

MOI is a 10-11 week intensive paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. This program capitalizes on one of our most valuable resources–our members–to help build union power and activism.

The goal of the institute is to train union members to build power, grow our membership, engage current members in our union and ensure the long-term sustainability of our local by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop other members after participating in the institute. 

We are looking for members who are interested in using this development opportunity as a way to jump-start or deepen a long-term involvement with our local. Does that sound like you? Read on!

Program highlights include:

  • Attend a two-day organizing training with other member organizing institute/academy participants
  • Get real-world field experience under guidance from professional organizing staff 
  • Regular team meetings with other MOI participants to compare and learn
  • Establish & build organizing practices for our local

Admittance into the institute is competitive and will be based on an application and interview. 

Send your applications and questions to Jessica Foster, AFT National Representative at jfoster@aft.org. The application deadline is November 27, 2019, but we recommend submitting your application ASAP to be considered for the program. More details about the program and the application are in the link above.