The Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT) is the largest and strongest union in HISD and Spring Branch ISD for teachers and in-school support staff. We advocate for better pay, benefits and the resources our students need in the classroom. You’ll benefit from the power of a full locally-staff union, backed by the legislative efforts of Texas AFT and AFT.

We are stronger together in the Houston Federation of Teachers to fight for the schools our students deserve. Discover the rewards of membership. HFT is a union family working to improve the lives of educators and our students. Membership with HFT also makes you a member of our state affiliate (Texas AFT) and our national affiliate (AFT).In addition, there are many individual benefits to being a member:

The Best Insurance Coverage  

  • $8,000 professional liability per member/incident
  • $35,000 reimbursement for job-related criminal charge
  • $20,000 accidental death benefit
  • $250 for theft in school assault
  • $1,000 bonding fee for job related charges

The Best Legal Protection and Coverage

  • Access to the best education lawyers in the Texas.
  • 30 min free legal consultation on private/personal matters
  • Reduced price for non-job-related legal matters

Access to Houston-Based HFT Staff and Professional Development

  • Eight full-time staff to answer questions and represent your interests.
  • 1-1 mentoring and coaching available from our Professional Development Director
  • Free monthly professional development courses eligible for HISD professional development credit. View some of the virtual trainings by clicking this link:

To join, click here (HISD employees) or give us a call at:  (713) 623-8891

To Join HFT (SBISD employees) follow this link: