A Union is about so much more than contract negotiations - it’s also about taking care of one another. This page lists special benefits that one can only access as a PFF member as well as protections and discounts from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO, under which PFF operates. If you haven’t yet joined PFF, visit the BELONG page on this site.

For any questions about Union benefits, contact PFF Organizer, Debbie Forward, at, or call during the regular school day at 760-803-4973.


Conference Funding

Funds are for conference registration fees and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the academic year 2019 - 2020, each PFF member is eligible for an allotment of up to $500, regardless of the number of trips requested.

For details and application, visit the DOCUMENTS page.

Emergency Funding

Financial assistance is available for PFF part-time or full-time faculty members in need due to an emergency. Examples of situations that create unforeseen financial challenges include (but are not limited to):

  • Illness or accident, of oneself or immediate family member, that creates loss of wages

    and/or exceptional medical bills

  • House fire

  • Car accident or major repairs

  • Victim of a crime

  • Unexpected and necessary bill, such as a plumbing catastrophe

Keep in mind that this funding is for one-time financial hardship and is not intended as general, ongoing financial help.

This is a pilot program for the 2019-20 academic year. An ad hoc committee will determine the amount of funds to be distributed, which is up to $500 for a Union member within an academic year. Members may apply by sending a letter plainly explaining his/her emergency need, understanding that the committee may request more information. Hard copy letters with an inked signature should be directed to either PFF Co-President, Barbara Baer or Teresa Laughlin.

Requests will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional resources are available through the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, and both EASE and AFT offer financial counseling services.


Immediate family members of a PFF member have the opportunity to apply for academic scholarships of up to $1000 for the upcoming academic year. You may apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Will attend a public institution of higher learning in Fall, 2020

  • Has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

  • Must be a family member of a PFF Union Member; spouse, child, domestic partner

  • Submit a cover letter with evidence of academic achievement and commitment to a union or union values

The application date will be announced in Spring, 2020. Until then, questions can be emailed to or you may phone the committee at (760) 295-5450.

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and AFT both have more scholarships available. Visit


PFF’s affiliation with the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the AFL-CIO enables its Union members to take advantage of additional free protections and deeply discounted savings on common expenses.

To access these benefits, visit to first create your account. Have on hand our local’s # (6161) and your personal AFT membership # (if that isn’t handy connect with PFF Organizer Debbie Forward at


Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)

Through insurance offered by the American Federation of Teachers, PFF covers all active, working members with a free $36,250 AD&D insurance policy.

Whether an accident resulting in a covered injury or loss of life happens at work or away, this coverage pays you or your beneficiary a cash benefit within 90 days. If you need the Beneficiary Designation form to keep with your own files, please request from the Organizer.

Occupational Liability Insurance (OLI)

AFT provides liability protection for damages and attorney fees from claims arising out of a member’s employment activities due to (1) accidental bodily injury (e.g., member opens a classroom door and breaks a student’s tooth), (2) accidental property damage (e.g., member knocks a student’s laptop computer to the floor while explaining a concept) or (3) personal injury claim, such as slander, libel, false arrest, false detention, imprisonment or invasion of privacy (e.g., locker search or a social media post that libels a student).

Identity Theft Protection

Enroll yourself at for free, annual assessments that will let you know if your information is being abused. You will also be notified if your SS# is ever touched.

Additional monthly monitoring and protection services are available to you or your entire family for a deep discount.


Visit for the full menu of benefits and savings - just a few are noted here. You’ll see that some of the opportunities take you to UnionPlus, which is the AFL-CIO benefits arm. Create accounts at both AFT and UnionPlus!

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