Happy 56th Birthday to ATF!

In February of 1962, our union, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation was chartered as AFT local #1420… and we’ve come a long way, baby!

We’ve made incredible gains in the last 56 years, from a few teachers interested in affiliating with the American Federation of Teachers, to winning collective bargaining rights away from the NEA in 1979, to the largest local union in the state today!

View our accomplishments timeline and you’ll see that every right we have today is a result of fighting for it yesterday!

We wouldn’t have been able to build our collective strength without membership gains!If you haven’t yet, become a member of your union. If you are a member, tell your colleague about our gains and invite them to join our movement!

Be part of our collective activism as we work tirelessly to move forward on all that we have been chartered to accomplish under Article II of our Constitution.

Article II of our ATF Constitution states what we have been chartered to:

  • Obtain for all members of the bargaining unit the salary and working conditions essential to the best professional service.
  • Obtain for all teachers the rights and respect to which they are entitled.
  • Encourage the coordinated action of teachers and community in creating the most productive learning environment in our schools.
  • Expose and fight discrimination in education toward any individual or group on the basis of sex, creed, color, race, national origin, sexual orientation, age or political activities and beliefs.
  • Promote the welfare of children by providing equal educational opportunity for all.
  • Encourage cooperation with workers of other unions to promote better working conditions for all.
  • Advance teacher decision-making power in the administration of schools.
  • Promote the process of democracy in the schools, which will enable teachers to better equip their pupils to take their places in the economic, social, and political life of the community.
  • Promote political action for the benefit of teachers and other working people.
  • Promote and support the professional growth and development of educators by continually providing information and learning opportunities about educational issues.