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To some, it means being dedicated to the students and citizens we serve. To others, it means being a part of something bigger than yourself. Across the board though, members agree on one important thing—that the IFT is there to support and empower every member. And they're right.

Our union is made up of 103,000 dedicated professionals just like you. We are teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, state employees, and healthcare workers. We live in communities large and small across Illinois, from urban Chicago to rural Ullin. United in our union, we are ALL the IFT.

"The union provides me with a tremendous knowledge base that I can draw from and wouldn't have access to otherwise. I can focus on the many facets of my job, instead of labor laws and code."

Crystal Russell | Teacher
Century Junior/Senior School CUSD #100
Century Federation of Teachers, Local 6539


"It is important to be involved and to be a part of a larger group. Alone each of us can only do so much, but with the power of our collective voice, we can make a real difference."

Roberto Valentin
| Financial Aid Advisor II
Wilbur Wright Community College
Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel, Local 1708

"We know what's best for out students and we use the structure of the union to make that become a reality for the children we care for."

Michelle Gunderson
| Teacher
Nettelhorst Elementary School
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1


"The best reason to get involved in the union is to put a positive face on unionism. The union is a place to give back to the community."

Rachel Roderick
| Teacher
Illini Bluffs High School
Illini Bluffs Federation of Teachers,
Local 3810

"School nurses have a voice because of the union. IFT and AFT are at the forefront on school health issues. They know and promote the fact that healthy students learn better."

Donna Rehm | School Nurse
Highpoint Elementary School
Orland Park
Southwest Suburban Teachers Union,
Local 943

"The IFT gives us strength in numbers to not only bargain fair contracts, but to stand up for our interests in Springfield. Our union is our advocate."

Kim Haywood | Utility Maintenance Foreman,
District 189, East St. Louis
General Service Employees Union,
Local 382

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