Who We Represent

Clarissa Riojas, seated, holds a blue sign that says "My Work Is Powerful"
Clarissa Riojas, McAllen AFT member. Photo by Liz Moskowitz Photo.

Texas AFT represents all non-administrative certified and classified public school employees in traditional public schools. Our union also accepts employees in universities, colleges, and community and junior colleges as members.

Our priorities reflect the interests of teachers, counselors, librarians, diagnosticians, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, nurses, teaching assistants, clerical employees, and the other employees who make our schools work.

Texas AFT also accepts charter school educators as members, with some changes to benefits. Please give us a call for more information.

Pre-K–12 Educators

Mariah Najmuddin poses with hand on hip and an A-F-T face mask in front of a corkboard with yellow "Texas A-F-T Proud" signs.

We work to better the professional lives of educators by advocating for pro-public education policy and laws; ensuring educators understand their rights and responsibilities; and providing ongoing professional development opportunities.

Support Professionals

Linda Barrett stands in front of a school bus wearing a face mask and her driver's uniform.

School support personnel — from nurses to cafeteria workers to bus drivers — make our public schools run. They are valuable employees and should be treated as such. All non-administrative school staff are invited to join our union.

Higher Education

Group photo of A-F-T Lone Star College members in matching blue shirts standing outside of an administration building

Our union doesn’t focus on K-12 exclusively. We are building power in higher ed, too with several local unions and even more at-large members.


A group of people gathered on the steps of the Texas Capitol holding signs advocating to fully fund retiree healthcare

Your experience in public education doesn’t end when you retire, and neither should your advocacy power. Our Retiree Plus program is open to any retired school employee and focuses on lobbying at the state level about the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Ready to Join Us?

We’re most powerful when we work together. If you want to build your power for yourself, your colleagues, and public education, check out our membership benefits and join our union today.