Lärarförbundet, the Swedish Teachers' Union, is Sweden’s largest professional trade union for every category of teacher, study and careers advisors, school heads and student teachers. This is how our organization works.
Lärarförbundet is active in every municipality in Sweden. Most workplaces where we have members also have a representative who works as a teacher at the school. There is also a central organization for national negotiations, influencing politicians at national level and coordinating the union’s activities.
At national level
The National Executive Board is responsible for Lärarförbundet’s activities at national level. The Board has 14 members and it is they who lead Lärarförbundet’s work. The union’s president is Johanna Jaara Åstrand. The National Executive Board is elected at Lärarförbundet’s Congress, which is held every four years. Our national organization focuses on national negotiations, influencing politicians at national level and coordinating the union’s activities.
Local branches in 300 locations
Lärarförbundet has a local branch in every municipality plus national branches for private-sector and public-sector employees. There are also a small number of regional branches. A key job for the local branches is to negotiate with the employer and conclude local collective agreements. The local executive board also monitors developments in the workplace, conducts lobbying work, organizes training for union reps and so on. As a Lärarförbundet member, (regardless of employer,) you belong to the branch in the municipality in which you work, or to a national branch.
The most important activities emanates from members in the workplace, with an elected representative as a coordinating force. It is here that members discuss their situation, set out their requirements in collaboration with the employer. It is also here that professional development work takes place and the foundations are laid for salary progression. As a member, you should turn to your workplace representative in the first instance with any questions about your employment or the situation at your workplace.
Health and safety safety officer
The task of the health and safety officer is to monitor the physical and psychosocial working environment, ensuring that work is safe, that the working environment is not disturbing or harmful and that the workplace is not a source of stress, conflict or discrimination. The health and safety officer and the workplace representative are often one and the same person.