You are not alone in the workplace

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.

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 and online at, as well as division newsletters Community College Perspective, Part-Timer, Classified Insider, and UC-AFT Insider email newsletter . From the AFT, in its Voices blog, in American Educator, and online at

Solidarity with 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.

Use your AFT membership card to access national discounts

Through the AFT and the AFL-CIO, members have access to dozens of high-quality discounts and services. AFT members can learn about these benefits by logging in to the members-only section of the AFT website. You will need your AFT membership card to log in.

Use your AFT membership card to save 10-70 percent on electronics, apparel, home furnishings, sporting event tickets and more! Get discounts at Target, Ann Taylor, Blue Nile Jewelry, Lands End, Hewlett Packard and more vendors as they come online. Validate your card on the AFT website, ask questions, update your address, or request a card if you did not receive one in the mail. You can also phone toll-free 888-238-5646.

To learn more about AFT benefits, go to the AFT website or phone toll-free 800-238-1133 x 8643. 

CFT-endorsed vendors provide quality services

In addition to the myriad national benefits of union membership, the CFT has also endorsed several vendors, which provide services to California members.

United Estate Planning, Inc attorneys have been offering labor union members top-quality estate planning at an affordable price for more than 50 years. With United Estate Planning, Inc. an experienced estate planning attorney will prepare your living trust according to your specific wishes, then meet with you to explain how to fund your trust and answer questions.

Mosher Financial Services provides financial and retirement services to the CFT members and a wide variety of investment choices and asset management. As an independent broker, Mosher Financial will help you identify financial concerns and find solutions, as well help you understand CalSTRS and CalPERS.

For more information about state and national member benefits, email CFT Member Benefits Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone toll-free (877) 563-2387. 

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Be a card-carrying union member

AFT mails membership cards to member homes. If you have not received your card, telephone (888) 238-5646 or go to Member Benefits. Validate your card on the AFT website.


Log in to My AFT

By validating your membership card, you will create an account to access exclusive member benefits and resources. You can log in to your account any time. If you are not a member and want to join the Federation, click here.

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