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Read OFT President Melissa Cropper's blog, Writing the Next Chapter, and share your thoughts by joining the conversation.

About the Ohio Federation of Teachers

The Ohio Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals representing 20,000 members in 55 locals across the state that include public school educators and support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, and public employees. OFT is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

OFT focuses on issues at the statewide level that include legislation, public policy and education policy, communications and political advocacy. We advocate sound, commonsense public education policies, including high academic and conduct standards for students and greater professionalism for teachers and school staff; and excellence in public service through cooperative problem-solving and workplace innovations.

Videos highlight important work of members

Across the state, OFT members change lives by serving children, their families and communities. See some examples of the great work of OFT members celebrated in these videos.

OFT's Mission, Vision and Purpose

OFT Mission:  The Ohio Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions the social and economic well-being of our members, Ohio’s children, families, working people, and 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.

See our guiding document.

Former AFT President Al Shanker creates charter school concept

In 1988, then AFT President Al Shanker, the first to propose the concept of charter schools as innovative models, gave a speech to the National Press Club explaining his idea. Many of the improvements to public education he called for in this speech are still relevant today. Read the speech.

About the AFT

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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History of the AFT

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.

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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.


About AFT Teachers

Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed.

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About AFT PSRP

The Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 350,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities. Our jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles.

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