A union of professional teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, psychologists, speech language pathologists, therapists, sign language interpreters, and social workers working for you and your family everyday. We are a voice for safe, equipped, and nuturing learning environments in public schools. We strive to build community that has a thriving economy as well as good jobs and opportunity for all.
Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed.
AFT Mission Statement
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.