Join AFT Academics today to become an associate member of the American Federation of Teachers, the largest higher education union in the United States. As a member you can support the growing academic labor movement, begin organizing in your own workplace with resources and guidance from AFT organizers, help fight for the progressive causes you believe in, and gain access to UnionPlus benefits.


Organizing Resources

We provide you with the tools you need to begin building power in your workplace and community – including trainings, literature, strategic guidance from AFT union organizers, and so much more.


We connect you to a national movement of academic workers organizing for a fairer academy and a better world. By connecting we are able to support each other’s struggles on the ground and amplify them online.


We are broadening the strength of the academic labor movement regionally and nationally through direct action and legislative initiatives. Members of AFT Academics are winning material changes locally and creating pressure to raise standards nationally.

Free Trauma Counseling Program 

AFT members work hard—now more than ever—to educate, heal, help and serve our communities. We know that work can be particularly difficult when members are experiencing personal and workplace trauma of their own. Now the AFT is offering a new, free benefit—trauma counseling—to provide help and healing for our members, wherever and whenever it is needed.

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These are just some of the benefits available to AFT Academics members through Union Plus.


Rosetta Stone AFT members get special prices on Rosetta Stone’s award-winning language learning programs.

Health Savings Plans Special rates on vision insurance as well as dental, vision, prescription and hearing discount plans are available to AFT members.

Disability Income As an AFT member, you can purchase group voluntary insurance protection to provide income if you are unable to work due to an accident or extended illness.

DinnerTime Members can save money and make healthy meal planning easy with special rates on this app.


AT&T Wireless Discount          Save 15 percent on the monthly service charge on qualified AT&T wireless plans.

Legal Services* You can avoid and solve legal problems via a nationwide network of law offices that offer free 30-minute initial consultations and discounted services.

Pet Health Insurance* Get up to a 10 percent discount off premiums from a plan that lets your pet receive care from any licensed veterinarian, emergency vet or specialist.

Flowers & Gift Baskets Members can save 20 percent on flowers, gifts and plants—100 percent satisfaction guaranteed.


Hotels Members save up to 20 percent off the best publicly available rate at more than 7,000 hotels.

Car Rental Save up to 25 percent with member car rental discounts.

Entertainment Discounts        Get member savings on movie, theme park and theater tickets, as well as online restaurant savings, across the country. There is a mobile app for easy access to savings on the go!

Motor Club Participating union members can receive emergency roadside assistance with vehicle-related problems, anywhere in the country.

Home & Shopping

Professional Moving Discounts Members get discounts on interstate moving, packing and in-transit storage.

Budget Truck Rental Get 20 percent off do-it-yourself moves when you reserve in advance.

Auto & Home Insurance As a member, you will have access to special group discounts on auto and home insurance

AFT Advantage This is an exclusive online shopping program for AFT members. Save 10 to 70 percent on electronics, apparel, tickets, gifts and more. Earn WOW points on your purchases to use toward future purchases.