Join the Union!
Your membership matters
As a professional represented by the UFT, you are on the front lines of our future — so it’s time to make sure someone has your back on this journey. Thanks to the UFT’s advocacy on behalf of its members, you will have comprehensive health benefits, job security, paid parental leave and superior workplace rights and benefits.
Join our 195,000-member-strong family and know that you have the power of a strong union behind you.
As a UFT member, you can tap into powerful support and benefits:
- UFT Legal Services Plan
- Student Debt Relief Program
- Union discounts on care rentals, airlines, hotels and more
- UFT Teacher Center and LearnUFT for discounted or free courses and workshops
- free counseling and support groups
- theater and movie discounts
- support from your UFT chapter leader and district rep
As a UFT member, you will have a voice in your profession. You will also be able to vote in union elections and help choose the UFT's leadership team in your school and citywide. Only members can participate in the union's bargaining committee and take part in contract ratification votes. And only members can vote in their school’s collaborative efforts to modify contractual articles in the form of School-Based Options (SBOs).
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.