About Texas AFT

Our union is the strongest voice for Texas public school employees. We’ve been dubbed the “most aggressive.”

Not only do we fight back against threats to our public schools, we fight forward to win the respect we need and resources to help our students thrive.

We want you to thrive as a professional too. Our Bridges Institute for Professional Development provides high-quality programming to support educator development in and out of the classroom.

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Your union, your voice. Texas AFT is committed to listening to the real experts on public education: you. We don’t allow administrators to join, so our agenda is your agenda.

Our Commitment to You

Local Support: With more than 30 local unions and an Associate Membership Program with more local offices than any other Texas organization, we are on the ground with you.

State Advocacy: If we want to keep teachers and staff in our public schools, it’s time for the Legislature to fully fund our schools so they can thrive. Our team is at the Capitol to make them listen.

National Backing: Texas AFT and its local unions stand alongside 1.7 million AFT members across the country. Our affiliation with the AFL-CIO means the backing of working people nationwide.

Our Members


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Texas AFT works to better the profession of educators by promoting effective public education policy to improve the pay and working conditions of teachers, nurses, counselors, and other professionals.

Higher Education

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Our union also represents higher education employees at community colleges and universities. We are actively organizing higher ed local unions around the state.

Support Professionals

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Support personnel — from bus drivers to cafeteria workers to custodians — keep our schools running. Texas AFT aims to represent their varied interests on the local and state levels.