Universities Council
Negotiating statewide contracts for librarians and lecturers

The Universities Council represents non-Senate faculty and librarians working in classrooms, libraries, education programs and professional schools on all 10 UC campuses at the University of California. Universities Council negotiates statewide contracts for its members, unique among the divisions of CFT.

Since the formation of the union in 1982, the Universities Council (formerly UC-AFT) has worked to improve wages, working conditions, job security and benefits for members. Today, lecturers have one of the strongest non-Senate faculty contracts in the nation. Yet, the struggle continues for market rate salaries, adequate professional development funding, reasonable workloads, better job security, and ultimately, an equitable system of academic appointments for librarians and teaching faculty at the University of California. The Universities Council has a long history of involvement and cooperation with senate faculty at UC, several hundred of whom have chosen to become members of the union.


Universities Council President Mia McIver sets tone for newly named council

For many years, CFT’s Universities Council included nine local unions at University of California campuses. Over the last several months, our Universities Council has been reconstituted and relaunched, thanks to two recent developments.

First, the nine separate unions of UC-AFT unified into one single union, Local 1474. The unification generated more power and strength for UC librarians and contingent faculty, but eliminated the need for a Council that brings together multiple locals.


Division Officers

Mia McIver, President Universities Council
University Council-AFT, AFT Local 1474

Rebecca Gordon, Vice President
University of San Francisco Part-Time Faculty Association, AFT Local 6590

Tai Chang, Secretary Treasurer
Alliant International University Federation of Professors, San Francisco, AFT Local 6258

University Council-AFT Constitution governs the division. 

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