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The Executive Council appoints members to several committees. The role of each committee is determined by the constitution. Committee chairs serve for a two year term, and may be re-appointed by the Council. The Stewards' Assembly also chooses members to represent them on the Executive Council. Click on the title to view the list of appointees.


The West Haven Federation of Teachers and School Nurses elects officers to conduct the business of the Federation every two years. The officers include a President, Executive Vice President and five Vice Presidents. There are also representatives from each of the constituency groups that are elected by the members, along with committee chairs who are appointed by the Executive Council. The Executive Council meets monthly with the exception of July. Click on the title bar to view the list of officers.


Each middle school in the district has two building stewards and at least one assistant steward. The high school has three stewards and three assistant stewards. There is also a steward specifically for the Pupil Services Department, which encompasses Special Education teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, etc. The Special Area teachers, those who teach Art, Music, Library, Science or Physical Education,  have two representatives.


Every elementary school has one or two stewards, depending on the size of the school. Each school usually has an assistant to help with the duties of the steward. The Federation is always open to having more teachers in each building involved. Anyone who is interested in serving on any committee or as a steward should contact Patti Fusco, 931-6827 or Kristen Scanlon, 931-6850.


Building Stewards

The West Haven Federation of Teachers has at least one steward in each building depending on the size of the building. Building stewards are responsible for passing out Federation newsletters and flyers, resolving building level issues and grievances, and also serve as a liaison between the teachers in a building and the leadership of the Federation. The Stewards' Assembly meets on a monthly basis, usually the second Tuesday of the month to discuss building concerns and union issues. These meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. at the Union Office, 77 Court Street, West Haven, CT.

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. 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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