When you join the United Federation of Teachers, you become a vital part of a union with a long and proud history of protecting members’ rights, providing learning opportunities and standing up for social justice. The UFT is here to help you in your new career, whether you have a specific issue to resolve or seek broader support.
As a UFT member, you are now part of an organization that’s dedicated to:
- Supporting you and helping you succeed in your career.
- Securing you a good salary, strong benefits and professional working conditions.
- Improving the education and lives of New York City’s 1.1 million students.
- Strengthening your school and community.
The UFT was founded in 1960 as Local 2 of the now 1.4 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Our union also is affiliated with the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and is a member of the AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council (CLC).