History of IFPTE...

The International Organization was chartered as the International Federation of Technical Engineers, Architects and Draftsmen by the American Federation of Labor, on July I, 1918. The name of the International Organization was changed to the American Federation of Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO-CLC (AFTE)

At their convention in July 1972, at the Hawaiian Regent Hotel on the famed Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, a motion to change the name to the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO-CLC (IFPTE) was proposed. The motion has since been ratified by members of the affiliated Local Union.

Today, the Federation consists of Local Unions from the Federal Sector, Private Sector and Public Sector, representing over 75,000 engineers, scientists, federal judges, technical and clerical employees in the United States and Canada of whom are part in the existence of the 2.3 million members of the CLC and 13.6 million members of the AFL-CIO. During 1996, the Federation re-affiliated with the Department for Professional Employees (DPE), one of the Constitutional Departments of the AFL-CIO.

The Federation continues to be affiliated with the following Constitutional Departments of the AFL-CIO:

  • Public Employees Department (PED)
  • Industrial Union Department (IUD)
  • Union Label and Service Trades Department

On the International level, the Federation is affiliated with the following organizations:

  • Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
  • Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
  • International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees (FIET)

...and Local Union 121

On July 26, 1945, in Honolulu, the Territory of Hawaii, AFTE Local Union 121 was established.

Currently, IFPTE Local Union 121 is located at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. We represent over 1,300 'white-collar' and 'blue-collar' which includes professional & technical workers, including planner & estimators, shop planners, work packagers, inspectors, some material handlers/workers, etc. at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY), Pearl Harbor Public Works Center (PWC), SupShip San Diego Detachment Pearl Harbor and COMNAVREGION Hawaii Navy Family Housing (NFH).

Workers represented by Local Union 121 are provided with the following (5) contracts:

  • HFEMTC (Unit One) - negotiated by HFEMTC; covers all Shipyard 'blue-collar' and non-professional 'white-collar' workers (e.g., technicians, specialists, secretaries, etc.) in PHNSY & IMF.
  • HFEMTC (Professional Unit) - also known as Unit II, negotiated by Local 121; covers all Shipyard/IMF professional workers (e.g., engineers, naval architects, chemists, health physicists, etc.) in PHNSY & IMF.
  • HFEMTC (Supship San Diego Detachment Pearl) - mixture of 'white-collars' (secretaries, clerks, specialists, production controllers, etc.) and 'blue-collars' (ship surveyors, inspectors, etc.) - negotiated by Local 121.
  • HFEMTC (Navy Public Works Center Pearl Harbor) - mixture of 'white-collars' (secretaries, clerks, specialists, technicians, etc.) & "blue-collars' (planners, transportation dispatchers, material handlers, inspectors, etc.) - negotiated by Local 121.
  • IFPTE (Navy Family Housing) - mixture of white-collars' ( secretaries, clerks, housing inspectors, technicians, engineers, etc.) & 'blue-collars' (material handlers, fork lift operators, etc) - negotiated by Local 121.

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