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The headquarters of the PFT is located in Center City at:

1816 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Our phone number is 215-587-6738. The hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm – Monday through Friday. There are information officers on duty to assist you during the day or you may leave a message for your PFT Regional Staff Representative.

Satellite Office

We also have a satellite office at the School District’s Main Headquarters at 440 North Broad Street. Phone numbers are 215-561-2113 or 215-567-2897. The hours are 8:45 am to 4:30 pm – Monday through Friday. Staff representatives there will


The PFT represents more than 13,000 dedicated individuals working in Philadelphia public schools today.

PFT members include 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.


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

The Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 350,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities. Our jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles.

Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


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