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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 union so that you are always safe and protected.

Enroll in the UFT

What UFT members have

  • Regular pay increases
  • Paid parental leave and sick leave
  • Job protections
  • Strong workplace rights
  • Premium-free health insurance
  • Dental, optical and prescription benefits
  • A defined-benefit pension
  • Support and access to union reps to answer your questions about certification, leaves, pension and more
  • Free and discounted courses and CTLE workshops
  • Access to our student debt‑forgiveness program
  • Free and discounted legal services
  • Free counseling and support groups
  • The right to vote in union elections and school‑based options (SBOs)
  • Discounts on travel, insurance and merchandise
  • And more!

As an educator, in one of the greatest cities in the world, you also have the good fortune to be represented by the United Federation of Teachers, one of the largest and most respected unions in the city and the nation. The UFT believes that satisfied, engaged and supported educators make for successful schools.

3 easy steps to enrollment

  1. Create a new account on the website.
  2. Verify your email address (look for an email in your inbox, if you do not see it check your spam folder or call the UFT at 212-598-6855 for assistance.
  3. Select Enroll in the Union and finalize the process.

Enroll in the UFT

If you prefer to enroll by mail, please print, fill out and mail in one of our membership forms for paraprofessionals or for other DOE members including teachers.

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.