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UFT.org Home > Enroll in the UFT
As a union member, you will have access to valuable benefits and have a voice in your professional life that non-members don’t have.
This is a TWO-STEP PROCESS.
- First: You must sign up as a user on the UFT website.
- Then: Click the button below to enroll in the union.
Are you eligible to join?
You can enroll in the UFT if you are a New York City Department of Education pedagogue, paraprofessional, hourly group or retiree.
All other professionals covered by a UFT collective-bargaining agreement should contact the UFT Membership Department at 212-598-6855 for further information on how to enroll in the union.
Why become a union member?
As a member, you have the right to play an important role in our union and its actions and policies. You will be able to vote in union elections and help choose the UFT's leadership team in your school and citywide. You can even run for union office. Only members can participate in the union's bargaining committee and take part in the contract ratification vote. And only members can vote in their school’s collaborative efforts to modify contractual articles in the form of School-Based Options (SBOs).
As a full-fledged union member, you can participate in money-saving group insurance plans and low-cost legal and financial service plans, and you can get discounts on travel, entertainment and sports events.
There is little financial advantage to remaining a non-member. Because the UFT represents you in contract negotiations and you are entitled to receive all the same health benefits, salary and working conditions the UFT negotiates, state law requires that a fee equivalent to union dues be deducted from your paycheck. But there are many things non-members are missing out on.
We hope you will take this opportunity to become a UFT member.