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 RT @MrsL132: 1/ In advance of @BetsyDeVos' speech tonight, impt to consider that here in PA, legislature is set to consider ESAs. #edrevolu 6 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGymAtLarge: And there's always time to call our state legislators to demand #PABudget that truly supports #phled. 6 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGymAtLarge: We have the money for #PFTContractNow. This is about priorities & values. #phled 6 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGymAtLarge: #Phled budget matters--especially when it comes to our teachers who have gone w/o a contract for far too long. https:/… 6 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGymAtLarge: Follow along with the PDF of my #phled budget presentation: 6 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGymAtLarge: Most important point in this entire budget season: #Phled teachers need a fair contract now. #PFTContractNow 6 days ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGymAtLarge: #Phled teachers have 1 job: teaching & nurturing our kids. But w/o a contract, many work 2nd & 3rd jobs to make ends m… 1 week ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 @cindybassphilly @PHLCouncil "Everyone just jumped into action." @cindybassphilly #PHLed 1 week ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 .@cindybassphilly speaks during @PHLCouncil session on Monday's accident involving CW Henry community. #phled 1 week ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @HelenGym2015: If there's any question what "school choice" is about today, it's about ending public education. 1 week ago
PFT PFT @PFTLocal3 RT @jerrytjordan: We are so moved by the tremendous outpouring of support for the CW Henry family. The #phled community is remarkable. http… 1 week ago