IFPTE History


On July 1, 1918, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) granted a charter to the International Federation of Draftsmen’s Unions (IFDU), a group of ten unions representing engineers and draftsmen at several U.S. shipyards. Thus, the first labor organization, dedicated to the welfare of American technical engineering employees was born.

Today we are known as the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), and we are one of the fastest growing unions within the AFL-CIO due to our commitment to help professionals like ourselves organize their own union with IFPTE. We are not only a union of engineers and technicians, today we represent all types of professionals from analysts, attorneys, scientists, and even judges. To learn more, contact us at .

IFPTE at a Glance


IFPTE represents over 80,000 women and men in professional, technical, administrative and associated occupations in the United States and Canada.


Our members work for federal, public and private employers, and work in various occupations such as auditors, drafters/designers, engineers, judges, lawyers, researchers, scientists, and technicians to name a few.

Executive Board

The Executive Council is made up of Officers and Area Vice-Presidents. Area Vice-Presidents are elected by members within their specific area, and are responsible for governing IFPTE between conventions. A list of the Area Vice-Presidents can be found on our Officers page.

Executive Officers

The Executive Officers run the day to day operations of IFPTE and they are elected at the IFPTE Convention, which are held every three years.