On the morning of September 15, 2004, in the meeting room of the Hotel Alvorada, in Brasília, the federal capital, a group of professors from Federal Universities, representing more than 20 thousand professors, decided to change the panorama of the Brazilian teachers’ union movement. So far, it had been suffocated by sectarianism and political apparatus, anti-democratic decision-making practices, detached from the visions, needs and wishes of the majority of teachers at Federal Institutions of Higher Education (IFES) in Brazil. This group incited a response that would allow oxygenation and new perspectives for the teacher union movement, culminating in the emergence of PROIFES.
A group of professors, through their faculty associations, decides to create a new union space for the plural and democratic organization of professors of Federal Institutions of Higher Education, called Forum of Professors of Federal Institutions of Higher Education (PROIFES), as a reflection of a critical and independent posture in relation to the teaching movement. They elect a provisional board of directors (2004-2005).
Itatiaia (RJ) holds The 1st National Meeting. The first board of directors of the Forum was elected (2006-2008). Several teaching associations are linked to PROIFES-Forum: in addition to the founders ADUFSCar, APUBH, ADUFG, ADUFMS, and ADUFPI, ADUFRGS decides to join the Federation ADURN, APUB, ADUFC, and SESDUF-RR offer political support.
Creation of the Associate class, which made it possible for Ph.D. professors, retained in Adjunct Class IV for over 20 years, to progress; Increase in titling incentives by 50%; Increase in the percentage of the Teacher Incentive Bonus – GED for retirees. Caldas Novas (GO) holds the 2nd National Meeting.
Creation of the Basic, Technical, and Technological Education career – EBTT. The achievement of equality between the careers marks the protagonism of PROIFES in the struggle and defense of Technical Schools that were being transformed into Federal Institutes, daycare centers, Application Schools, and Schools linked to public universities.
Foundation of the National Union of Federal Public Education Teachers (PROIFES-Union), in the city of São Paulo. The creation of the national union, nowadays called SINDPROIFES, allowed national representation for IFES teachers who had not opted to form local-based unions. Brasília (DF) holds the 4th National Meeting. The second and last board of directors of the Forum was elected (2009-2011).
The 5th National Meeting is held in São Paulo (SP), which approves the 1st version of the Organic Law Project for Federal Universities. It was the beginning of the creation process of local unions and searching for their records. ADUFRGS-Sindical, ADUFSCar-Sindicato, ADUFC-Sindicato, APUBH-Sindicato, ADUFG-Sindicato, APUB-Sindicato, Sindiedutec-PR, ADUFMS-Sindical.
Membership of the Education International. Participation in the National Conference on Education CONAE. Brasília (DF) holds the 6th National Meeting. It approves the transformation of the Forum into a Federation, based on the perception of the need to create a Federation that could bring together the various unions that were being founded in the Universities.
On January 1, 2012, the Teachers’ Forum of Federal Institutions of Higher Education became, by decision of its members, the PROIFES-Federation. After carrying out its first National strike, the Federation signs Agreement 01/2012, which restructures the careers of Higher Teaching and EBTT , and creates the Recognition of Knowledge and Skills (RSC), as well as promotion to Full Professor in addition to obtaining salary readjustments. Brasília (DF) holds the 8th National Meeting.
After the second National Strike, the Federation signs the Agreement 19/2015 that runs between 2016 and 2019, with the restructuring of the MS and EBTT Careers. Natal (RN) holds the 11th National Meeting. Election of the second board of directors of the Federation (2016-2018).
Participation with an emphasis in the World Social Forum, in the Popular National Conference on Education (CONAPE) held in May in Belo Horizonte (MG), in the Regional Conference of Education Superior (CRES) in Cordoba, Argentina, in June. São Luís (MA) holds the 14th National Meeting.
PROIFES completes 15 years of struggles and achievements. First National Meeting of Early Childhood Education in São Carlos (SP) in February. Last stage of career restructuring. 15th National Meeting in Belém (PA), leading PROIFES to hold national meetings in all regions of Brazil. Solemn session at the Chamber of Deputies in honor of the fifteen years of PROIFES with the launch of the book PROIFES-Federation 15 Years – struggles and achievements.