Why Should I Join?

Do you have one of these?
membership card

You haven’t joined until
you’ve submitted an application form.

So, why should you join the AFT? Especially since the collective bargaining agreement covers you
even if you don’t join.

Well, you’re already paying the fees; look what you get when you join:

In the Local:

  • Grievance Advocacy – Union representation from initial dispute to final resolution. (Learn more)
  • Voting rights in Local 6262 elections and decisions and contract proposals
  • Eligibility to request agenda items, attend, and participate in open Local 6262 meetings
  • Eligibility to sit on the Local 6262 Executive Board (paid position – subject to election/appointment)
  • Eligibility to serve on the Local 6262 Negotiations team (paid position – subject to election/appointment)
  • Eligibility to serve as delegates and alternates to meetings and conventions of AFT, CFT, California Labor Federation, and AFL-CIO (subject to appointment/approval)
  • $1 million professional liability insurance – protection against work-related lawsuits
  • Semi-annual membership social, including full dinner and cocktail, at local restaurant (“El Torito Night”)

AFT/CFT/AFL-CIO Member Benefits:



  • MetLife Group Auto and Home Insurance
  • MetLife Disability Insurance
  • MetLife Group Term Life Insurance
  • MetLife Senior Term Life Insurance
  • Transamerica Occidental Universal Life Insurance


  • Genworth Long-Term Care Plan


  • United Health Care Vision Plan


  • Union Plus Pet Insurance Programs
  • Pet Assure Veterinary Care

Legal and Financial Services

  • Mortgage through Wells Fargo
  • MMI Save My Home Hotline
  • Capital One AFT Mastercard
  • Free 30-minute legal consultation and discounted legal services
  • MMI credit and budget counseling, including free and discounted services
  • United Estate Planning
  • Mosher financial and retirement planning
  • ING retirement planning calculator

Health and Wellness

  • Union Plus Health Discount Savings (discount plan – not an insurance plan)
  • Life Line Screening
  • Health Club Discounts


  • College Test Prep
  • AFT and CFT scholarships for members’ children or dependents
  • AFT scholarships for members continuing their education

Auto Services

Auto Buying

  • TrueCar
  • HertzRent2Buy
  • Enterprise Car Sales

Parts and Service

  • Union Plus Motor Club (alternative to AAA) – entire household for $65 a year
  • Goodyear Tires and Service


  • Car Rental – Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National
  • Hotel – Wyndham Hotels
  • Vacation Rentals – Trading Places global rentals
  • Tours – Worldwide Vacation Tours


  • Las Vegas Power Pass
  • Movies
  • Theme Parks
  • Music (iTunes, Music123, eMusic, more)
  • Live theaters, including Broadway
  • Museums, aquariums, zoos
  • Sporting Events, including Major League Baseball
  • New England ski resort lift ticket


  • Extensive list of online and offline retail partner offering member discounts on all manner of goods and services