The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers represents Philadelphia’s educators, including teachers, librarians, school nurses, counselors, psychologists and social workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, classroom assistants, non-teaching assistants, supportive services assistants, Head Start/Comprehensive Early Learning Center and Bright Futures teachers and staff, food service managers and professional and technical employees.


What The PFT Does

The PFT is committed to providing Philadelphia’s children with the highest quality education possible. We are leading the fight to reduce class sizes, expand early childhood education, use proven education programs, make schools safe and orderly and offer resources and support for teachers, staff and students.

The PFT:

Promotes the use of research-based programs proven to raise student achievement

Keeps members informed about education issues and advocates politically on behalf of members and students.

Offers professional development

Administers union-won benefits, including dental, prescription and vision care services

Negotiates the collective bargaining agreement that establishes working conditions, salaries and benefits

Provides representation and support for members who experience job-related issues and problems

Every school and work location has a PFT Building Representative elected by you and your colleagues to help you with day-to-day issues you may encounter.

The PFT also has Regional Staff Representatives to assist members with larger, more complex issues.

In addition, the PFT has Information Officers and Personnel Officers available by telephone to help you with emergencies or immediate concerns or questions.

In addition to using our Website, you can locate your Staff Representative in the back of the PFT Calendar.

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PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 Sharing lots of great resources w/ community tonight. @AFTunion #phled #PhillyResistance 1 day ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 Awesome energy here at @HelenGymAtLarge's town hall. We're sharing info with community on the fight for #phled.… 1 day ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @AFTunion: We don't buy it either, @SenatorHughes. Real failure is refusal to fund schools educating minority kids. #phled 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 We'll continue fighting for #phled that kids & educators deserve, no matter what. Thanks to @SenatorHughes & others doing the same. 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 PA state leg's refusal to fund #phled is systemic disinvestment in communities educating largely minority youth. 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @jerrytjordan: .@POTUS may insist on lifting #transrights, but in Philly, we'll insist on continuing to stand up for our kids&communitie… 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @jerrytjordan: Local govn't serves as an invaluable safeguard for vulnerable youth. @PhiladelphiaGov & #phled have strong #transrights p… 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @jerrytjordan: #transrights are human rights.It's appalling that our trans youth would have to worry about safety when using the bathroo… 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @jerrytjordan: Outrageous that @POTUS would even consider denying human rights to some of our most vulnerable children. #transrights #ph 2 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 I #LoveTeaching but #trans protections in schools are crucial. Don't rescind TitleIX guidance, @BetsyDevosED. 3 days ago