Unions FAQ

Looking to learn more about unions? We’ve got you covered. Below are a few frequently asked questions about unions and how they work. Click on a question to show the answer.

Have a question that’s not on this list? Reach out to us at the AFT-Kansas office at 785-235-0262 or email us at organizing@aftks.org. We’re always happy to help!

Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

KU Faculty and Academic Staff Announce Union Organizing Effort

Congratulations to the faculty and academic staff at KU who today have officially announced the organizing campaign to create the United Academics of the University of Kansas (UAKU)!

UAKU would represent over 1,500 full-time and part-time tenured and nontenure-track faculty; teaching, research, clinical and online professors; lecturers; curators; librarians; scientists who conduct grant-funded research; and other categories of faculty and academic staff. The union would be affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.

2022 AFT-Kansas Candidate Endorsements

We are pleased to announce our candidate endorsements for the 2022 General Election in Kansas on Tuesday, 8 November.

We will continue to update this page as we complete our evaluations of candidates in the upcoming election.

The last day to register to vote in Kansas is 18 October.

You can register online here and you can check to see if you are registered by looking here.