New Member Center

As a new member of the California Federation of Teachers, you have just become part of a vital and active organization committed to upholding educational standards for our students and the best possible workplace for you. Welcome.

You are the union

A successful union is member-centered—it focuses on the development of the skills of its members so that they—you—might effectively participate in the organization's activities, including democratic governance, defense of the collective bargaining agreement, organizing new members, legislative initiatives and political action. Your participation is essential because the power of the union stems not from its leadership alone, or its staff, but from collective action.

The CFT is committed to helping its locals meet the needs of their members. As educators, our first priority is making sure that we deliver quality education to the public we serve. But to do so our members must be able to concentrate on that task. The best guarantee of quality public education is a robust union of educators, with informed, active members constantly reminding the public of the best steps we can take together to enable our students to achieve success. That process begins with you, but you don't stand alone. The CFT stands with you.

Learn more about what CFT is and does

dignitycover CFT: Dignity, Respect, Security, provides an overview of the CFT's structure, values, governance, and functions.
Work Money and Power Page 01 Work, Money and Power: Unions in the 21st Century 24 page pamphlet, a Union 101 short course. What unions are and do, their history, and place in American society today. Work, Money and Power is available in classroom sets for $1.25 per copy from the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Call 510.642.0323.
ahistoryofthecftpic Seventy Years: A History of the California Federation of Teachers, 1919-1989, an overview history of the statewide federation as well as more than forty local histories. For more, through the lens of one former CFT president, Raoul Teilhet, click here.

If you would like a single hard copy published version of these pamphlets This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send an email to the CFT Communications Department.

For more information, contact your local.

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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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