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Join AFT 1521 Today

Advocate, Educate, Organize:
Join Your Colleagues at AFT 1521

Unions have been a part of education for decades and exist to support educators and professionals like yourself in advocating for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, which are our students’ learning conditions. By joining AFT 1521, you’re not just becoming a member—you’re becoming a part of a movement striving for justice, equity, and high-quality education for our students!

Take the first step by filling out the membership application. Your contribution can make a significant difference in the lives of our students, our community, and their futures.

The Union Difference

The wages, benefits, and protections provided in your contract are the hard-fought victories resulting from our collective bargaining process, a series of negotiations in which a united and actively engaged membership allows us to win for faculty and students.

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who don’t have union representation. On average, union members earn 27% higher in wages than their non-union counterparts. Here at LACCD, a union helps us strengthen shared governance on our campuses and improve working relationships between faculty and administration.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your membership, please contact our Membership Coordinator, Reyna Gonzalez at

Benefits of Union Membership:

  • Right to participate in the decision making process of your union, including voting in union elections.
  • Right to participate in the union negotiation process by attending meetings and voting on whether to approve the contract.
  • Right to attend membership meetings, and trainings provided by union leadership for our members.
  • Assistance with Student Debt Forgiveness through our Student Debt Clinics and individual counseling.
  • Assistance with applications for Unemployment benefits for Adjunct Faculty.
  • Advice on retirement and benefits issues.
  • $5,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy; and ability to purchase group life insurance at low rates.
  • Numerous Discount Programs available through UnionPlus – to view benefits, go to