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2020-06-16

Questions and answers on reorganizing members employed by private employers or by the state

The Teachers' Union is reorganizing to better benefit members employed by private employers or by the state. The change took place the 1 st july 2020. On this page we answer some frequently asked questions about the change. If you have further questions, please contact the Teachers' Union in the municipality where you are working or our central contact-service: 0770-33 03 03.

What is changed?

If you are employed by a private employer, an organisation or by state authorities, you get better support and service and can involve in union work to influence in your special issues. Instead of affiliate to the municipality based union branch, you and your colleagues can start a union branch at your workplace or a new branch within, for example, a business group.

Who made the decision?

In 2018, the Teachers' Unions congress decided to make this change. The congress consists of 250 representatives elected by the members and determines the future direction of the Teachers' Union.

Read the decision (only in Swedish).

Why is this being done?

Our traditional municipal union organisation could not meet the special conditions that exist at workplaces with private or state employers.
The number of private employers within the school system has increased the last decades and our organisation has not adapted to this development. Members in these workplaces are underrepresented in the decision making body of the Teachers' Union, and have less opportunities to influence. We want to change this!

Which members are affected?

15,000 members working in:

  • Private companies (ltd. companies etc).
  • Organisations (economic, non-profit, foundations etc.).
  • State authorities.

Which members are not affected?

  • Members who work in municipal run workplaces.
  • Members in the already existing national branches for Academedia, Lernia, SPSM and in the consultative branch for universities and college universities.
  • Members in folk high schools and members in workplaces run by the Swedish Church.

How have you prepared?

We prepare in collaboration with elected representatives and in dialogue with the members:

  • The local branches give their view on how the change can be done in the best way.
  • A transitional council of 20 members is advisory to the Teachers´ Union board during the implementation.
  • We need to know more about what you need and wish: take part in our member dialogue, also digitally, where you can share thoughts on how to organize and ask questions.

How do I get information of the change?

You will receive continuous information and can participate in the member dialogue on how you want to get involved at your workplace. Make sure we have your e-mail address and workplace address so we can reach you with information and invitation to the member dialogue!

You will probably not notice the change very much. All your membership benefits will remain, and you will still be able to attend meetings near you. But instead of contacting the municipal union branch, you will contact Lärarförbundet Kontakt.

Do I need to do something?

You don't have to do anything. The transition to a national organisation for members in private and state run workplaces will take place automatic. As a member you will have the same rights that you have today.
After 1 st of july 2020 you have the possibility to form clubs, national branch and consultative branch. We develop routines and principles for this to clearify how to do. Most important is to have a union representative in the workplace.

Read more about this here! (only in Swedish).

How can I get more involved?

You can be a member of a club, you can be a union representative on the workplace and you can get involved in a consultative body. Members will be elected to the body at the workplaces to influence in important issues regionally and nationally.
After the summer we will give more information on the consultative body and how to nominate members.

What will happen to me as a principal?

For principals, as for all other members, the change will take place automatic. All your rights and membership benefits remains unchanged.

For example:

  • Information on the website and in newsletters.
  • The magazine Chef&Ledarskap.
  • Personal service and your own ombudsman.
  • Opportunity for networking and skills development.
  • Local activities about professional issues.

Material for principals about the reorganisation (only in Swedish).

Who can I contact?

If you have any questions, please contact the union branch in the municipality where you are working or Lärarförbundet Kontakt. You can also call us on 0770-33 03 03.

Information to employers

From July 1st 2020, members of the Teachers 'Union working in private companies, organisations and state authorities have a national organisation within the Teachers' Union instead of being a part of the local union branch that organize members with municipal employers.
Here you can get support and information on how to contact the Teachers' Union for negotiation requests and other matters (only in Swedish).

What is a national or consultative branch?

A consultative branch consists of several workplaces with different employers. Until now there has only been one consultative branch: the branch for universities and university colleges.

A national branch consists of several workplaces, for example within nationwide companies or organisations.

Consultative or national branches have a board that operates on a non-profit basis and/or gets payed by the employer(s) for union work (according to the collective agreement). The Teachers' Union does not provide funds for income-loss for union work.

Existing national and consultative branches:

  • AcadeMedia (national branch).
  • Lernia (national branch).
  • State Institution Board, SiS (national branch).
  • Special Education School Authority, SPSM (national branch).
  • University and college universities (consultative branch).

Learn how to form a national or consultative branch (only in Swedish).

Swedish version

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