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Welcome to the website of the North Suburban Teachers Union, Local 1274 of the American Federation of Teachers. We are a dynamic, growing organization of almost 2,000 dedicated education professionals, including teachers and support staff from school districts throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago -- from Skokie north to Northfield, and from Wilmette west to Norridge. We serve in school districts that range in size from around 50 teachers to nearly 400.

The North Suburban Teachers Union (NSTU) is united by our common devotion to the cause of educating children in the best way possible.

  • We teach in, support, and maintain some of the best schools in the nation, and are proud that our dedication to strong unionism has served these schools and their communities so well.
  • The NSTU has developed a sterling reputation in Illinois -- and, indeed, the nation -- as a high capacity union. Our members have negotiated strong contracts that provide for a high quality education for our students and excellent working conditions for our members. We have always been stalwart in the protection of our contracts and in amicably negotiating successor agreements with our employers.
  • We also have a strong political voice. Our members work for pro-education candidates in local, statewide, and national elections, as well as for local education issues, such as referenda.
  • Local 1274 continues to lead the way in induction and mentoring programs for teachers and support staffs alike.
  • The NSTU has been a breeding ground for union leadership, sending leaders into the IFT as field staff, IFT Executive Board members, and as IFT President, including former NSTU President Jim Dougherty and current President Dan Montgomery.

Whether you are a member looking for a newsletter online, or a curious visitor, we welcome you in solidarity with the union movement. We'd like to hear from you. Please drop us a line!

Steve Grossman
President North Suburban Teachers Union Local 1274 IFT, AFT, CFL, AFL-CIO

NSTU: A Union of Professionals

Check out this video of Local 1274 members taking about what our union means to them.


The Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 350,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities. Our jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles.

About AFT Teachers

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.

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.

About the AFT

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.