About Us

Championing Education and Community

Who We Are

The Los Angeles College Faculty Guild or AFT Local 1521, is the exclusive bargaining agent representing over 4,000 full-time and adjunct faculty working in the nine community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District. Our Guild has represented the district’s faculty since the beginning of collective bargaining in California’s community colleges in 1977, and is the largest local union of community college faculty in California.

In addition, we belong to the statewide affiliate California Federation of Teachers (CFT) as well as the nationwide affiliate of the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers(AFT), representing over 1.72 million members, making us a movement of higher education faculty dedicated to serving our students and communities.

Our Vision Statement

AFT 1521 is a member-driven union of faculty who collectively bargain and work to improve the well-being of our members, our students, and our communities by:

  • Improving our students’ learning conditions and our working conditions
  • Creating inclusive space and opportunities for member engagement, mobilization, and leadership
  • Organizing members to build power 
  • Advancing social justice and standing in solidarity with our students and communities

Protecting Student Futures

If you are dedicated to the enhancement of higher education and the well-being of your community, we invite you to join your colleagues to defend your rights and protect student futures. Learn more about how you can contribute to the enriching legacy of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT 1521 by joining today or getting in contact with us!

Be the Change You Want To See in Your Community