IFT Worksite Leader training program

The strength of our union comes from informed, engaged members in our more than 400 locals, councils, and chapters across the state. When members come together with one powerful voice, we positively impact our professions and the lives of the students and citizens we serve.

Worksite leaders work with members on the front lines in schools, offices, and other IFT workplaces. They play a vital role in keeping members informed and active. That's where the IFT Worksite Leader training program comes in!


What is the WSL training program and what will I learn?
The IFT's WSL program is a series of five courses, or modules. Each module provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills needed for worksite leaders to be effective. After completing all five modules, participants will graduate and be designated as a “certified IFT Worksite Leader.

IFT Worksite Learning training program modules include:

  1. UNION 101 provides an overview of the worksite leaders’ responsibilities and their vital role in the labor movement.

  2. COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION reviews the importance of communication in union buildings. Participants will review tools and methods for maintaining job site data and provide opportunities to improve communication skills.

  3. WORKSITE ADVOCACY uses individual and group activities to review four areas of member Advocacy: gripes & grievances, member representation, contract enforcement, and member mobilization.

  4. MOBILIZATION AND ENGAGEMENT focuses on the use of one-on-one conversations to recruit, engage and mobilize co-workers.

  5. POLITICAL, LEGISLATIVE, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT reviews the union’s policy making and endorsement process.

    Become a WSL graduate and take the next steps towards strengthening your local and the IFT!

Check back here for upcoming sessions!

Apply now for IFT scholarships

by Beth Camplain | Jan 03, 2019
The Illinois Federations of Teachers supports the continuing education of high school seniors by awarding annual scholarships.
The Illinois Federations of Teachers supports the continuing education of high school seniors by awarding annual scholarships. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria and strict, unique deadlines, so applicants should review the application forms and eligibility requirements carefully before applying.

  • The Carl J. Megel Special Education Scholarship

    In 2019, the IFT will award two $1,000 Megel scholarships to a deserving high school senior who is enrolled in a special education school, class, or program for students with disabilities. Applicants must be high school seniors who will graduate in 2019.

    IFT members who work directly with (or previously worked with) an eligible student must provide a letter of sponsorship for the applicant. (Children of IFT members may also apply.) The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

  • The IFT Robert G. Porter Scholarship
    The Illinois Federation of Teachers shall provide annually two $10,000 scholarship awards ($2,500 each year for four years) to current high schools seniors with no less than a cumulative "B" grade average. Successful applicants must plan to attend full-time at an Illinois public university and maintain at least a "C" cumulative grade average after graduating from high school. The award is unrestricted as to race, religion or political affiliation.

    An applicant must be the son or daughter of a currently employed, active member in good standing of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the son or daughter of a member of an IFT retirees chapter or the son or daughter of a deceased member who was in good standing with the Illinois Federation of Teachers at the time of death. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Robert G. Porter Scholars Program
    The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education.

    Visit the AFT website for additional information.

  • Chicago Federation of Labor William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

    The Chicago Federation of Labor will award 10 scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, to 10 high school seniors. Students or their parents must belong to a union affiliated with the Chicago Federation of Labor. The application deadline is February 13, 2019.

  • Union Plus Scholarship

    The program is open to members, spouses and dependent children of unions participating in any of the Union Plus programs.

    Winners are chosen based on academic achievement and potential, character, leadership, social awareness, career goals and financial need. Applications are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.The application deadline is January 31. 2019.


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