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We are often asked: what benefit is there to being a member of TOTEM? We believe that our numbers reflect strength: the strength to bargain, the strength to act, the strength to move forward as better employees and individuals. And there are personal benefits as well! Through TOTEM's affiliation with our state and national federations, we are able to provide you with many different kinds of benefits: from a free Associate's Degree to First Aid Training, you'll find many options below.


An Overview of Your Local Benefits

Members of TOTEM have access to the following:

  • TOTEM Member Scholarships and Member Dependent Scholarships

  • First Aid/CPR Training at no cost

  • Mentorship Programs: Hands on assistance learning at your new position

  • Spring Conference at no cost

  • New Employee Orientations: Help get yourself acquainted with ASD procedures and expectations

  • Catastrophic Leave

  • Professional Standards Program: an opportunity to increase your base hourly rate 2-7%

  • The right to vote on your board members and your contract


An Overview of Your State Benefits

Through our affiliation with APEA, TOTEM receives many benefits:

  • Office Space

  • Office Administrative Assistant

  • Employee Representative, Board and other Trainings

  • Legal Expertise

  • Negotiations Support


An Overview of Your National Benefits

TOTEM's national affiliation with AFT provides the following benefits to our members:

  • Free AD&D Insurance

  • Free Occupational Liability Insurance

  • Free College Programs

  • Identity Theft Protection

  • AFT+ Benefits: travel discounts, loan discounts, financial and legal assistance, retail discounts and educational benefits