Benefits of Membership

Benefits of SPFT Membership

For members only – Your membership in SPFT opens your door to a vast network of membership benefits – from complex legal representation to discount eyecare!  And, your benefits don’t stop at the SPFT local level.  A wide range of benefits and services are available through SPFT, Education Minnesota, AFT, NEA and the Minnesota AFL-CIO!

  • $1,000,000 Professional Liability Insurance Policy
  • $10,000 Group Term Life Insurance (free to new members for one year with continuing low rates from AFT)
  • Up to $1,000 of life insurance and $5,000 AD&D insurance
  • SPFT voting rights
  • Monthly membership meetings
  • Employment related representation, as appropriate, by an Education Minnesota attorney
  • Tenured teacher member scholarships from St. Paul Retired Teachers (eight available at $1,500 each)
  • College scholarships for members’ children (10 available at $1,000 each)
  • Membership in St. Paul Regional Labor Assembly
  • Membership in Minnesota AFL-CIO
  • Membership in AFT, NEA and EM (Education Minnesota)
  • EM Foundation for Excellence in Teaching grants for teachers and educational assistants
  • AFT and NEA strike assistance loan programs/EM Crisis Fund
  • Fulltime legislative lobbyists on educational issues
  • Receive newsletters, the EM Educator, the AFT American Educator and the NEA Today publications
  • Leadership training workshops
  • Eligible to attend compensated Collaborative Courses/ER&D Training
  • Creating and ensuring professional working conditions for other educational professionals through contract negotiations
  • Policy development through membership activities and union initiatives


As a member, you also have access to the following union discount programs and special offerings

  • Term Life Insurance/Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance
  • Senior Life Plan
  • Hospital Income Plan
  • Catastrophic Major Medical Plan
  • Long Term Care insurance
  • Auto and Home insurance
  • Auto Buying and Leasing
  • Home Loans and Planning Seminars
  • Financial Services, Pre-Retirement planning
  • Ear Care, Prescriptions, Vision, Foot Care and Diabetic supplies
  • Eligible for Credit Union Memberships (Truestone Financial Credit Union, United Educators Credit Union, and City and County Credit Union)
  • Union Credit Card Offers (Mastercard/VISA)
  • Discounts for Travel, Magazines, Flowers, Dining, Hotels, and Car Rentals
  • Attorney Referral Program (non-job related)
  • Educators Tax Guide