Member Benefits

Overview

Member Benefits
You are not alone in the workplace

As a member of the CFT, you are part of a vital and active organization committed to upholding educational standards for our students and ensuring the best possible workplace for you. The power of the union stems from collective action. That begins with you, but you don't stand alone. The CFT stands with you.

Security on the job

You have a reliable union to call on when you’re having trouble in the workplace and good contracts backed up by strong union representation. Top-notch professional field representatives are available to assist your local union in negotiating and in processing grievances resulting from violations of your contract.

As a member of the CFT, you are part of a vital and active organization committed to upholding educational standards for our students and ensuring the best possible workplace for you. The power of the union stems from collective action. That begins with you, but you don’t stand alone. The CFT stands with you.

Security on the job

You have a reliable union to call on when you’re having trouble in the workplace and good contracts backed up by strong union representation. Top-notch professional field representatives are available to assist your local union in negotiating and in processing grievances resulting from violations of your contract.

Liability protection on the job

AFT offers your local union the option to buy a $1 million occupational liability insurance plan which protects you in the event of a work-related lawsuit, such as a child’s parent bringing suit.

Lesson planning for classroom teachers

Educators can search more than 420,000 FREE lesson plans and activities including curated collections at Share My Lesson. Get news stories and lesson supplements from PBS Newshour Extra, Listenwise, Anti-Defamation League, Re-Imagining Migration and Science Friday.

Advocacy and access

Full-time lobbyists in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advocate for your rights and quality education. You have access to local, state and national experts in community outreach, political action, research, educational issues, communications and technology.

Learning + knowledge

The union sponsors valuable conferences on professional issues and holds training workshops for members, leaders, and staff. From the CFT, you can keep up on professional issues through the all-union California Teacher, as well as division newsletters Community College PerspectivePart-TimerClassified Insider, and UC-AFT Insider email newsletter. From the AFT, in its Voices blog, in American Educator, and online at aft.org.

Solidarity with other workers

The AFT’s 1.7 million members support effective public and private education and the best working conditions for all members. The AFL-CIO, with 10.5 million members and their families, provides solidarity and strength to achieve common goals.

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AFT Benefits of Membership
Use your AFT Membership Card to access benefits online

Through the AFT and the AFL-CIO, members have access to dozens of high-quality discounts and services. As a CFT member, you are entitled to the benefits offered by the AFT member benefits program, AFT +. These programs include discounts, voluntary insurance programs and services to help members save money and add value to your union membership.