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Norfolk Federation of Teachers

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Collective Bargaining Webinar

1 Per Month

On May 1, 2021 Virginia’s public sector collective bargaining law took effect. Collective bargaining is a historic opportunity for Virginians to be represented in their workplace.

Building Representative Training

4 Per School Year

Build power and strengthening our communities. Building Reps are such a vital part to being an effective union!

NFT Supports John Paige for Ward 4, Norfolk City Council

NFT President Thomas Calhoun, and members stand with candidate John Paige as he runs for Norfolk City Council. Pictured are NFT members with Tiffany Buffalloe – candidate from Ward 4 for NPS School Board.


NFT In The News

April 6, 2022

Exec Vice President Laquetta Mackey Speaks Out At City Council Budget Hearing

More and more teachers are leaving NPS due to the lack of urgency the school board is showing us in regards to putting us our right steps. I say to the city council RESCUE  US! Every year that I am loyal to NPS I am getting less retirement and less social security.

February 16, 2022

President Thomas Calhoun Speaks Out At School Board Meeting

“I can’t believe y’all continue to let this happen, you know about retaliation and harassment. They harassed her right into the hospital.

I’m here tonight to tell you what happened. I’m going to be here next month and next month till somebody stops there three women for what they’re doing to this special education teacher.”


Why Join NFT


The Fastest Growing Professional Organization in Norfolk Public Schools


Active and Respected Leaders


Protection For Your Loved Ones: 25,000 AD&D Insurance at No Additional Cost.


Representation & Advocacy at School Board Meetings and City Council Budget Hearings

Cb 101 Webinar

Collective Bargaining

The Norfolk Federation of Teachers wants to educate and inform members on what collective bargaining is and isn’t, and collaboratively work on ways we can win CB in NPS.

About US

Our Story

In 1981, a charter was granted to the Norfolk Federation of Teachers (NFT) from our parent group, The American Federation of Teachers. 

Since receiving our Charter, the Federation has grown into a large organization representing more teachers and other school employees than any other group in Norfolk Public Schools. One reason for the NFT’s continual growth is the fact that our membership has been able to re-elect our leadership. This brings continuity and makes our leadership more effective, knowledgeable, and credible. 

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Early Childhood Educators

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Frequently Asked

How Can I Be More Active In My Union?

You are your union! To get more active join membership meetings, speak to your building reps, participate in webinars and trainings, and stay up to date on our events and actions.

How Can I Join The Union?

You can join the union by going to our online membership form or completing a membership form with a building rep or organzier.

Can I receive help with a work related issue?

Your union invests in full-time advocates who help you navigate and resolve challenges at work. Call the office today.

How Can I Receive Assistance With A Grievance?

To learn more about the process to issue a formal complaint with your employer contact a field representative.

Norfolk Federation of Teachers

Quality education for all students, dignity for those who provide it.