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Being a union member is the single most effective path to advocating for your profession and those you educate. Becoming a CFT member means that you join 120,000 educators in California who together are advocating for quality education at their workplaces, in their communities and in the State Capitol.

If there is no union in your workplace and you want a union…

If your workplace does not have a union and you want the benefits of unionization, you can get assistance from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Every educator deserves union representation, whether you are full-time, part-time, classified or certificated, higher education or preschool, working in public education or at a private school or university.

If there is an AFT local union in your workplace

If there is an AFT local union in your workplace, and you wish to join the union, contact your local union officers

Join now by completing the statewide membership form

You can also download the CFT statewide membership form and return the completed document to your local union or to the CFT Administrative Office (2550 North Hollywood Way, Suite 400, Burbank CA 91505). 

Join as a member-at-large

As a member-at-large, you will enjoy some benefits of union membership without union representation in collective bargaining. You will stay updated on professional issues by receiving CFT newsletters, have an opportunity to vote for your delegate to the CFT Convention, and be covered by the AFT Occupational Liability Insurance and a one-year Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy. Download the member-at-large application. (pdf, 2 pages)

What are you joining?

You are joining a Union of Professionals and by so doing, you will have a reliable union to call on when you’re having trouble in the workplace and good contracts backed up by strong union representation.

The CFT divides the union into five divisions, corresponding to the major segments of education employees: Early Childhood/TK-12, Community College, Classified, University and Retired. The division councils meet quarterly to share information relating to their constituencies and to develop policy proposals to bring before the governance bodies of the CFT – the annual Convention, State Council, and Executive Council.

The CFT is proud to represent public sector workers and private sector educators in their quest for dignity. All educators deserve the protection that a union contract provides.

Order membership applications online!

Union leaders, you may order the CFT statewide membership applications here.

You need a union!

Every educator deserves union representation, whether you are full-time, part-time, classified or certificated, higher education or preschool, working in public education or at a private school or university. Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.