Join Our Union

When you join Texas AFT, you become part of our union family with local, state and national support for you and your professional life.

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Texas AFT is more than legal protection and benefits (although we offer the best of those too). Being a member of our union means you’re part of a family of educators and employees with a shared vision for public education.

Texas AFT is the only Texas school employee organization with a significant number of local unions and Associate Membership Program offices to provide direct representation for educators and school employees. 

With more than 65,000 members, Texas AFT is a statewide organization with 38 local unions and regional offices. Nationally, we’re affiliated with the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO, with 12 million members. 

Bonus: Not one of those members is your boss. Texas AFT does not accept school administrators as members. 

Who Should Join

Texas AFT represents all non-administrative certified and classified public school employees in traditional public schools, including:  

  • Teachers 
  • Counselors 
  • Librarians 
  • Diagnosticians 
  • Custodians 
  • Cafeteria workers 
  • Bus drivers 
  • Nurses 
  • Teaching assistants 
  • Clerical employees 

We also represent employees in universities, colleges and community and junior colleges. 

Joining a Local Union

We have 38 local unions in districts across the state. You can see if your district already has a local union and find the application for each in the dropdown list at the bottom of this page. If so, you’ll join your local organization and become an automatic member of our state and national organizations too. Questions about joining a local union? Call us at 1-800-222-3827.

Joining Our Associate Membership Program – Texas AFT AMP

If your district doesn’t yet have a local union, you can still join us through our Associate Membership Program. Texas AFT AMP represents thousands of educators and support professionals statewide, and members are served by local and regional offices. Questions about Texas AFT AMP? Call 1-800-222-3827 or email

Joining Texas AFT United

Allen | Frisco | Garland | Plano | Richardson

Texas AFT United is a solidarity chapter comprised of dedicated public school educators and union members in Allen, Frisco, Garland, Plano, and Richardson ISDs to build political power. If you want to join but would prefer to pay by check for the entire year’s dues, you can download a paper application. Questions about Texas AFT United? Call 1-800-222-3827 or email

Joining as a Retiree | Texas AFT Retiree Plus

We support retired educators and school staff, too. Our Retiree Plus program is open to any retired school employee and focuses its full power on lobbying the state Legislature about your pension and TRS-Care.   

Joining in Higher Ed | Texas AFT At-Large Membership

Texas AFT represents collegiate faculty and staff, too. We have a handful of higher ed local unions, but if you don’t see your college or university listed, you can still join our union through at-large membership.

Find a Union

Find your local union using this dropdown.