How To Join

Print the membership application.  Fill out and sign the application and give it to any Local 3506 officer.  Application forms are also available from the campus associate vice presidents or local officers. Current officers can be found by clicking the ABOUT US link at the top of the Web page and then choosing the CONTACT US option.  These officers can get you enrolled immediately and you can start enjoying the benefits of membership just as fast.  Help share the cost of supporting our Office and Technical bargaining unit members.  Dues paying members make it possible for the Union to enforce our negotiated contract.

JCD/FTC Local 3506 makes its services affordable for all members.  Our dues program is only $20.00 per month and allows anyone, regardless of their economic status, to be able to join our organization and access important benefits and protections.  The mission of JCD/FTC AFT Local 3506 AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families within the Saint Louis Community College District.  Your union dues are automatically deducted from your paycheck at a rate of only $10.00 per pay period twice a month.  Membership earns you the right to vote on union matters such as ratification of our bargaining unit contact/resolution negotiated between the Union and the College.  Local 3506 is the only entity authorized to negotiate with the College on behalf of the Office and Technical bargaining unit for our working conditions.  Membership means that you become an affiliate of national, state and local American Federation of Teachers (AFT) organizations.  There can be safety in numbers. 

JCD/FTC Local 3506 Member Benefits and AFT PLUS
AFT offers top-of-the-line comprehensive benefits that can help you reach both personal and professional goals. With your full-service union, you will find resources at every level of the organization to meet your needs—both on and off the job. Our union works hard to improve your professional life while serving as a resource, a tough negotiator, and a contract enforcer.

Members of JCD/FTC Local 3506 receive the highest quality representation available from one of Missouri’s strongest unions. JCD/FTC Local 3506’s commitment to stand by each and every member to provide top quality services makes this union not only trustworthy, but also reliable. 

The following is a brief list of the many benefits available to each member:

  • $2 Million Dollars Occupational Liability and Legal Action Trust Insurance
  • Legal Counsel / Legal Representation
  • State and Federal Lobbying Services
  • Grievance Assistance and Union Staff Assistance
  • Contract Negotiation Services (Pay and Benefits)
  • College Budget Analysis
  • $25,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • $12,000 No-Cost Term Life Insurance (First Year of Membership)
  • Professional Development Conferences and Seminars
  • Access to Numerous Publications and Reports



Weingarten: Educators must save democracy

“Teachers have always had power,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the crowd at the TEACH opening plenary Thursday afternoon. “We need to own our power. And we need to build our power so we can move our agenda—for our students and our families; for safe, welcoming and well-funded public schools; for affordable higher education; healthcare that is a right, not a privilege; a living wage; a decent retirement; a healthy climate and a strong democracy.”


Best economy ever?

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.

Early childhood support requires adequate staffing

Some of education’s biggest problems come with its littlest students. At a working breakfast for paraprofessionals in prekindergarten, early childhood and Head Start, members swapped strategies for solving problems. Their discussion came during the AFT PSRP conference last week in Las Vegas, where paras from all over the country zeroed in on professional development and adequate classroom coverage.


AFT launches massive national campaign to fund public education

The AFT’s long-time advocacy for public schools has just been turbo-charged, with a sweeping, multi-pronged campaign to fund the future of American public education. Amid the continuing wave of teacher activism shining a spotlight on massive shortfalls in education investment, the Fund Our Future initiative aims to take the teachers’ megaphone into Congress, statehouses and communities nationwide.


Never again

“A majority of American teens say they are worried about a shooting happening at their school. Let that sink in,” AFT President Randi Weingarten writes in her latest column for the New York Times. “Young people are demanding meaningful action beyond ‘thoughts and prayers.’ They know, as do law enforcement officers and educators, that there are effective ways to address gun violence.” Read more about the proven strategies that would enhance school safety and reduce gun violence.