AFT Michigan

AFT Michigan

Field Representative

Based in Detroit, MI


AFT Michigan is seeking an experienced and energized Field Representative to join our dynamic statewide union of educators and healthcare providers. Our team of staff works with approximately 100 local unions across the state to build strong locals, develop leaders, bargain and enforce contracts, organize, and work for social justice. This position is based in Detroit but involves travel across the region, with a focus on PreK-12 teachers and support staff. The Field Representative will strengthen AFT Michigan by working with local leaders and other staff to:

  • Develop and empower local leaders and activists to build strong locals and handle union responsibilities;
  • Maintain and increase membership in an “open shop;”
  • Negotiate contracts, including proposal development, contract campaigns and negotiations;
  • Enforce contracts through grievance processing, including arbitration, and organizing worksite issue campaigns;
  • Form new bargaining units and negotiate first contracts;
  • Present training and leadership development programs;
  • Coordinate with community groups to build support for public education;
  • Encourage member participation in political and legislative action, professional issues and other union programs;
  • Build a stronger AFT Michigan and labor movement; and
  • Accomplish other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Independent project management skills
  • Leadership development and training ability
  • Ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Ability to listen actively and frame issues
  • Knowledge of organizing strategies, collective bargaining, and contract enforcement
  • Experience in unions or other social justice organizations
  • Knowledge of education and labor issues
  • Engagement in the political process
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak effectively
  • General computer literacy and proficiency in basic data management
  • Willingness to work long hours and participate in union-wide activities
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Experience working in PreK-12 education preferred

Competitive salary and excellent benefits commensurate with the contract between AFT Michigan and the AFT Michigan Staff Union.

Apply by submitting a cover letter highlighting your approach to building strong unions, résumé, and at least three references via email (with “AFT Michigan Field Rep” in the subject line) to ddobbie@aftmichigan.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May 29, 2024.

AFT Michigan is an affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply.

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