Why Professionals Form Unions

Why Join IFPTE

In joining IFPTE, professionals and other highly skilled employees are able to empower themselves so they can establish an effective and democratic voice at work, meaningfully engage with their employer to achieve common goals, and address issues relevant to their career.

With IFPTE, you and your colleagues can:

  • support fair and objective performance evaluation processes;
  • partner with your employer to achieve success and resolve issues that impede organizational goals;
  • forge a community of interest among your colleagues and others within your profession;
  • negotiate improvements - not only over salaries and benefits - but also over your work environment;
  • advocate training and professional development;
  • ensure no one has to compromise their professional integrity for ideology or the bottom-line;
  • develop a legally-binding contract spelling out rights and conditions of employment while ensuring flexibility and professional discretion to get the work done; and
  • advocate for or against government legislation that currently or will impact your profession.

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.