Sign up today to become a member of AFT Academics and an associate member of the American Federation of Teachers, the largest higher education union in the United States.

By coming together as workers we can take on the administrative bloat, financialization, and casualization of the academy, and end the poverty wages and deteriorating working conditions that come with it.

Join us as we build the movement to raise industry standards so that we can do the work we love without struggling to live.


AFT Academics dues are $11 per month for all union members.
Union member dues are a pool of small contributions that make big organizing possible. Dues help us win campus union elections, fight attacks on higher education, and reverse the erosion of workers rights.


Through workshops, one-on-one conversations, and on the ground practice, AFT Academics union organizers can help you and your colleagues develop the skills to build a powerful, democratic union on your campus.


As your organizing effort with AFT Academics grows so do the resources available to help you and your colleagues succeed. Whether that looks like help with list building and data management, or bullhorns and banners, your union has your back!


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.


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

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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