Why Join BFT?
BFT is our union. As a union, we negotiate and protect our contract. That might not sound important, but it is the basis for making our workplace better. It is the key to making this a better profession and, ultimately, better schools for our children.
Protection of Your Rights
Hiring an attorney for a job-related concern can easily cost thousands of dollars. Your BFT membership provides professional representation for all these issues and more:
Disciplinary matters, including investigations, administrator leave, letters of reprimand, and suspensions.
Student or parent complaints
Law enforcement investigations
Contract violations by administration (grievances)
Insurance or Benefits issues
Transfers (both voluntary or involuntary)
Leaves of absences
Your membership comes with $1,000,000 Professional Liability Insurance covering civil claims arising out of professional activities.
Professional Development Opportunities
Through the American Federation of Teachers’ TEACH program, BFT offers best in class professional development for free to members. Among other offerings we have “Managing Anti-social Behavior” which counts towards the ESE recertification requirement that ALL teachers must complete.
American Federation of Teachers' award-winning monthly newspaper.
National Education Association's award-winning monthly Magazine.
AFT's quarterly professional journal.
Be a part of lobbying for your profession!
BFT activists work year round to spread our message to members of the Brevard Delegation. Every year some of us travel to Tallahassee to meet with our elected officials. Several more meet in their local offices. We are also active in School Board campaigns. When we work together, we send a unified message that has benefited all of us through the years.
Each BFT member is entitled to a free financial planning service provided by VALIC, our business partner financial planner. If you have never had a financial plan, we recommend you do so as soon as you join.
Be sure to contact the BFT office if financing or refinancing, as Wells Fargo has a strong program, endorsed by our national organizations, just for union members!