American Federation of Teachers, Local 1796

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The State of New Jersey and the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, NJSFT-AFT, AFL-CIO has had a bargaining agreement in place since 1972. The American Federation of Teachers is the representative for the purposes of collective negotiations for terms and conditions of employment for the unit. The unit is composed of the following members of the University: full time teaching and/or research faculty; certain part-time employees; department chairpersons; non-managerial administrative staff; librarians; student personnel staff; professional academic support personnel holding faculty rank; and adjunct faculty. Adjunct faculty joined the bargaining unit in 1997 and obtained their first contract later that year.

The William Paterson University local is #1796. The AFT office is located at Grant Hall room 233. The email address is For further information contact the local at extension 2988. The web site is, at which you will find a list of officers, the state union agreement, archived newsletters, and interactive links to union resources.

The collective Bargaining Agreement contains important information regarding the employment rights and responsibilities of bargaining unit members. All faculty members, professional staff and administrators should be familiar with the contents. You may obtain a copy of the Agreement from either the union local or the Office of Human Resources.