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The AFT represents higher education faculty (including both full- and part-time), professional staff and graduate employees, in all sectors of higher education—public and private, two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


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Union Partners

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT)

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.


American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

The AAUP’s purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.


Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL)

The Coalition


Stephanie Porcelli, President, LIUFF
Adjunct Professor of Biology
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Barbara Parisi, Secretary, LIUFF
Professor of Communication Studies
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Margaret Cuonzo, Grievance Chair, LIUFF
Professor of Sociology
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Benjamin Saunders, Secretary, LIUFF
Associate Professor of Psychology
Program Public Administration
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Carla G. Zeballos, Treasurer, LIUFF
Adjunct Associate Professor


The Executive Committee is comprised of elected representatives and officers of the union.  All standing committees report to the Executive Committee at least once a year, or as needed when issues pertaining to the charge of a particular committee arise.

OFFICERS 2022 – Present

President: Stephanie Porcelli – Biology
Vice-President: Barbara Parisi – Communication Studies
Grievance Chair: Margaret Cuonzo – Philosophy
Treasurer: Carla Zeballos – Languages
Secretary: Ben Saunders – Psychology

Current Executive Committee Members:

Nicolas Agrait (Conolly/Social Science – Full-time Faculty)
Syed Ali  


LIUFF History

  • 1967 – Board of Trustees announces plans to sell the real estate of the Brooklyn Campus.  Faculty demonstrations block the Brooklyn Bridge.  New York State and New York City step in to end strike, the real estate deal is killed
  • 1971 – LIUFF Established by secret ballot under the supervision of the NLRB
  • 1972 – First Collective Bargaining Agreement signed
    • First collectively bargained contract for faculty in a private university in the nation
    • Defined tenure as being held in the University, still unique and beyond AAUP requirements that tenure is held only in a department.
  • June 1, 1974 –

The Faculty Federation (LIUFF) is the union representing both full-time and adjunct faculty at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus and its extension campuses. LIUFF is celebrating its 47th anniversary in 2016. LIUFF was established during a faculty struggle to save the Brooklyn Campus from extinction. The union as a collective bargaining unit was established officially in 1971, after an NLRB-directed election, as a chapter of the United Federation of College Teachers (local 1460, AFT/AFL-CIO). The first collective bargaining agreement was signed on May 31, 1972. At the time, there were


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