AFSCME Member Benefits, Including Free College

As an AFSCME member, you know you always have an advantage at the bargaining table. But did you also know your AFSCME membership can provide you with a big advantage when you shop?  Through the AFSCME Advantage Program, you can secure big discounts on everything from travel to cell phone service.

A few of the benefits are listed below; for the complete array of products and services everything from LEGAL services, DENTAL and VISION discounts, and PET HEALTH INSURANCE, to TRAVEL, FUN, and FLOWERS, to FREE ONLINE COLLEGE, see

For some (not all) of these offers, you will be asked for your AFSCME member number; if you don't know your number, use this tool, here. If you get a "Member Query Error", call the AFSCME Member Hotline at 1-855-237-2631.

AFSCME is making these discounts and benefits available also to those members who have been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the college benefit, available for both you and your family members. 

see also the union plus hardship help benefits page, here, for "Financial, Homeowner and Healthcare Assistance for Union Members and Families."

Hardship Help

AT&T Wireless Discounts

AT&T Wireless DiscountsSupport union workers by choosing the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier. AT&T employs nearly 150,000 union workers, and AFSCME members save 15% on the qualified monthly service charge of qualified wireless plans.

Additionally, members save 20% on select accessories from AT&T.

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Home and Auto

Auto DiscountsFrom union-made rebates when you buy to savings on insurance, AFSCME Advantage is the right place to get a great deal for your auto needs. Save money on your next union-made car, auto insurance plan, set of tires, and more.

Plus, there are HOME-related benefits, including for mortgage and moving assistance.

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Free College -- 2-year and 4-year degrees

AFSCME Free College BenefitAFSCME Free College brings a degree within your reach. AFSCME and Eastern Gateway Community College are offering the chance to earn an online two-year (AA) degree from an accredited school with no out-of-pocket expense. Family members can also take advantage of this benefit.   

The Bachelors degree program is for those who already who have a two-year degree. See here for FAQs about this program. Learn more about both programs here »  

A note on the two-year program:  Eastern Gateway Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is the gold standard for accreditation.  It is part of the University System of Ohio, and the Ohio standards and learning outcomes are set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, which are similar to those in California.  An AA from OH is the same as an AA from CA.  (The only difference is the "automatic transfer” and/or articulation agreements that there may exist between schools, that make transfer easier for students in certain schools.  Also: a botany degree may not transfer, but English and psych and other core classes are generally transferred.  In addition, UC Berkeley, for example, may require a higher grade for equal transfer than another CA school, but the transfer is the same.  If students are thinking of later transferring to a four-year college, they are always encouraged to check with the school to which they think they might like to transfer so that they can fully understand what will be required. )

AFSCME Advantage Credit Card

AFSCME Advantage Credit CardThe AFSCME Advantage credit card from Capitol One is designed to meet the needs of union members. Earn 1.5% cash rewards on everyday purchases, pay no annual fee, and get 0% APR for the first 15 months.

You also get extra discounts on car rentals and cell phone bills. Cardholders are also eligible for hardship grants in case of job loss, disability, or unexpected hospital costs.

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