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How You Join AFT

Do you work in:

  • A preK-12 school system (public, private or charter)?
  • An early childhood center (Head Start, child care center or family child care)?
  • A college or university system?

If the answer is yes, then the AFT is the place for you. AFT is not a union for teachers only. Nationally, we represent over 1.5 million members, including: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members. Learn more about the AFT and unions.

At AFT Washington, a state affiliate of AFT representing 6,400 members, membership is usually established by joining an AFT local. Most AFT locals are organized around a specific employer (such as a school district or a college). In Washington State, you would contact AFT Washington at You can request a member application form and submit it to your local union or to AFT Washington.

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