You are not alone in the workplace!!!
Note: As educators we are serious about learning. Take a few moments to go over the below benefits. Besides the below overview, you can visit the AFT member benefit page for expansive links to your services.
Security on the job
Post Janus your union will continue to be the collective bargaining unit for all faculty. But contract negotiations are only a part of security on the job. When a student makes a complaint, when there are issues with an evaluation, or with a tenure committee, injury on the job, payroll issues or the assignment of classes based on the part-time longevity list or other perceived mis-management… you will want to have individual attention and the support of your union’s Executive Council members. Whether it be the President, Chief Grievance Chair or any of the 2 VP’s at each campus, they want to be there for you. But in the post Janus era, these individualized services are paid for by union dues and reserved for union members.
Additionally, Local 1828 is dedicated to providing on-going Fall and Spring Training Calendars for union members to attend that will count as flex hours and provide you with information on retirement planning, working post retirement, maximizing your self-evaluation, obtaining unemployment benefits (for P/T), how to prepare of F/T interviews and a host of other topics.
Throughout the years, unions have fought hard to expand the level of individualized representation. Below is a synopsis of one of these important rights as a union member.
Weingarten rights guarantee an employee the right to Union representation during an investigatory interview. These rights, established by the Supreme Court, in 1975 in the case of J'. Weingarten Inc, must be claimed by the employee. The supervisor has no obligation to inform an employee that s/he is entitled to Union representation.
What is an Investigatory Interview?
An investigatory interview is one in which a Supervisor questions an employee to obtain information which could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his/her conduct. If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or discharge may result from what s/he says, the employee has the right to request Union representation.
Examples of such an interview are:
However, the benefits of union membership go far behind the above. Below are some additional advantages for card carrying members of the AFT. This membership also entitles you to the CFT (California Federations of Teachers) benefits plus the AFT benefits.
Liability protection on the job
AFT offers your local union the option to buy a $1 million occupational liability insurance plan which protects you in the event of a work-related lawsuit, such as a child’s parent bringing suit. Your Local 1828 has purchased this plan for union members!
As a member you are entitled to a free $15,000 accident death policy and a $5,000 life insurance policy where you name the beneficiary.
AFT + legal services makes it easy for members and their families to get the legal help they need to avoid and solve legal problems—and usually for free! One toll-free call or visit to the Web puts you in touch with a nationwide network law offices that offer free 30-minute consultations and discounted services.
Lesson planning for classroom teachers
Educators can search more than 420,000 FREE lesson plans and activities including curated collections at Share My Lesson. Get news stories and lesson supplements from PBS Newshour Extra, Listenwise, Anti-Defamation League, Re-Imagining Migration and Science Friday.
Advocacy and access
Full-time lobbyists in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advocate for your rights and quality education. You have access to local, state and national experts in community outreach, political action, research, educational issues, communications and technology.
Learning + knowledge
The union sponsors valuable conferences on professional issues and holds training workshops for members, leaders, and staff. From the CFT, you can keep up on professional issues through the all-union California Teacher and online at cft.org, as well as division newsletters Community College Perspective, Part-Timer, Classified Insider, and UC-AFT Insider email newsletter. From the AFT, in its Voices blog, in American Educator, and online at aft.org.
Solidarity with workers
The AFT’s 1.7 million members support effective public and private education and the best working conditions for all members. The AFL-CIO, with 10.5 million members and their families, provides solidarity and strength to achieve common goals.
Use your AFT membership card to access national discounts
Through the AFT and the AFL-CIO, members have access to dozens of high-quality discounts and services. As a CFT member, you are entitled to the benefits offered by the AFT member benefits program, AFT +. These programs include discounts, voluntary insurance programs and services to help members save money and add value to your union membership.
You can learn about these benefits by logging in to the members-only section of the AFT website. You will need your AFT membership card to log in. (If you did not receive a membership card in the mail, request one on the AFT website, or phone toll-free 888-238-5646.)
AFT Advantage is a valuable benefit that gives you and your family exclusive access to a FREE online shopping program for AFT members. Save anywhere from 10 percent to 70 percent off electronics, apparel, home furnishings, tickets and much more. Get discounts at AT&T Wireless, Target, Ann Taylor, Blue Nile Jewelry, Lands' End, Hewlett Packard, Powell's Books and more.