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Convention 2018 convenes in Orange County

The CFT Convention will be held March 23-25 at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa.

The Convention is open to all CFT members, but only elected delegates can vote. It is the Federation’s highest governance body, where delegates shape union policy and positions on issues affecting all members. The Convention will elect delegates to the AFT Convention and the California Labor Federation Convention.

General Sessions are packed with speakers, panel discussions, inspiring awards, and debate on union policy. The CFT Division Councils meet on Friday night and there are workshops on a wide range of topics. But the Convention isn’t all work; there’s time for fun as well, with receptions and get-togethers being held throughout the three-day event.

SNEAK PREVIEW

Advance Program: Here's the complete line-up of Convention events! (pdf, 13pp)

Committee Assignments: Find your Convention Committee assignment here. (pdf, 3pp)

Speakers: Delegates can look forward to inspirational speeches from constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley Law School, and Tony Thurmond, the CFT-endorsed candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

March for Our Lives Rally: The CFT will be joining the Orange County March for Our Lives Rally on Saturday afternoon as a lead sponsor. The rally is in Centennial Park and CFT will provide transportation. Please register your attendance on the CFT Facebook page.


Key Planning information

Convention Call: Complete step-by-step preparations for Convention including legal requirements for delegate election and seating, committee service and much more. (pdf, 6pp)Screenshot 2018 03 05 11.33.01

Make Hotel Reservations: About reserving rooms at the overflow hotel (Hilton Irvine) and at the Convention hotel, the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

Getting There: By plane or car

Rules for Delegate Election: How to elect delegates in your local union

Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions: Quick tips for writing successful resolutions

Child Care: Delegates may request child care during Convention (pdf)

Committee Service: Delegates may choose their committee service online

Division Council Membership: Locals with members in more than one division of the CFT must complete this form (pdf)

Meal Events Advance Purchase: Purchase tickets online for meal events

Delegate Credentials: Download and bring completed credential to Convention

ABOUT AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

Ben Rust Award: The CFT's highest honor will be presented Saturday, March 24, at a noon luncheon. This year’s Ben Rust Award will be presented to Dennis Kelly, former AFT and CFT Vice President and former president of United Educators of San Francisco. Kelly has been dedicated to maintaining the values of the CFT for more than 30 years. You can reserve tickets in advance.

Women in Education Award is tentatively scheduled to be presented on Sunday, March 25, during General Session IV. This year’s recipient is Sandra Larsen, president of the Petaluma Federation of Teachers, who led the local in its first strike last year to win much-needed improvements for district teachers.

Communications Awards are tentatively scheduled to be presented on Sunday, March 25, during General Session IV. More than 20 local unions will be honored for their outstanding communications.

Pride of the Union Awards: Both the Community College Council and the EC/K-12 Council present awards that honor local union leadership and activism. They will be presented at the Sunday morning awards breakfasts. Learn more about the EC/K-12 Council's awards here.


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March 24 Delegate Credential Download fillable pdf

Note: The fillable pdfs must be downloaded and opened in Acrobat Reader to be filled in
electronically and saved. (They cannot be completed in your browser.)

 

Tentative Schedule
Thursday, March 22 Saturday, March 24
5:00 pm Registration 7:30 am Constituent Group Discussions
7:00 pm Rules Committee 8:00 am Registration
Friday, March 23 9:00 am General Session II
8:00 am Registration 12 Noon Ben Rust Award Luncheon
9:00 am New Delegate Orientation 1:15 pm March for Our Lives Rally
10:00 am General Session I 5:40 pm General Session III
1:30 pm Workshops 6:30 pm Voting
2:45 pm Workshops  Sunday, March 25
4:00 pm Convention Committees 7:00 am Voting (if runoff is necessary)
5:00 pm Workshops 7:30 am Awards Breakfasts
6:00 pm Union Social 9:00 am General Session IV
7:00 pm Division Councils     

 

GET TO KNOW CFT CONVENTION
Read the report in California Teacher, the union magazine
• See Convention in images on Facebook: The March for Immigrant Rights, Members in Motion and Highlights Recap.

 

Convention 2017

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Convention delegates to forge union's path forward

The CFT Convention will be held March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel under the timely theme "Organize, Resist."

The Convention is open to all CFT members, but only elected delegates can vote. It is the Federation’s highest governance body, where delegates shape union policy and positions on issues affecting all members. The Convention will elect officers of the CFT this year, including President, Secretary Treasurer and the 24 Vice Presidents.

March for Immigration: At the close of Friday’s general session, at 11:30 am, delegates will join forces in a march to the State Capitol.

Guest speakers: Tom Steyer tops our line-up of speakers. The philanthropist and environmental activist has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration. (Steyer is tentatively scheduled to speak during General Session III on Saturday. Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, and AFT Executive Vice President Loretta Johnson join the line-up.

General Sessions are packed with speakers, panel discussions, inspiring awards, and debate on union policy. The CFT Division Councils meet on Friday night and there are workshops on a wide range of topics. But the Convention isn’t all work; there’s time for fun as well, with receptions and get-togethers being held throughout the three-day event. See the schedule of events below.


Key Planning information

Convention Call: Complete step-by-step preparations for Convention including legal requirements for delegate election and seating, committee service and much more. (pdf, 6pp)

Rules for Delegate Election: How to elect delegates in your local

Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions: Quick tips for writing successful resolutions

Campaign Rules for Statewide Officer Elections: The rules governing election of union officers in 2017

online Forms

Meal Event Reservations: Local unions and delegates may reserve tickets for three meal events being held during CFT Convention. The Ben Rust Luncheon is Saturday, April 1 at noon; tickets cost $65. The Community College Council and EC/K-12 award breakfasts are Sunday morning at 7 am; tickets cost $35.


countdown to convention

Up to April 2 Delegate Credential. Download fillable pdf
  Meal Events reservations. Reserve advance tickets online
  Notify CFT of child care needs. Download fillable pdf

Note: The fillable pdfs must be downloaded and opened in Acrobat Reader to be filled in
electronically and saved. (They cannot be completed in your browser.)

Schedule
Friday, March 31 Saturday, April 1
8:00 am  Registration 7:30 am Constituent Group Discussions
9:00 am New Delegate Orientation 8:00 am Registration
10:00 am General Session I 9:00 am General Session II
11:30 am March for Immigration 12 Noon Ben Rust Award Luncheon
1:30 pm Workshops 1:30 pm Workshops
2:45 pm Workshops 3:10 pm General Session III
4:00 pm Convention Committees 6:30 pm Voting
6:00 pm Union Social 7:00 pm  Reception
7:00 pm Division Councils Sunday, April 2
    7:00 am Voting (if runoff is necessary)
     7:00 am  Awards Breakfasts
     9:00 am  General Session IV


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In-depth report from California Teacher about Convention 2016

Convention in images on our Facebook page, and more, and more, and more

Convention 2019

CFT Convention 2019 100 Years

CFT to celebrate its 100th Anniversary at Convention 2019

2019 is a special year for our union – the CFT will celebrate its founding 100 years ago. In our centennial year, the CFT Convention will be held March 22-24 at the lovely Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. Plan now to be part of the #CFT100 celebration!

The Convention is open to all CFT members, but only elected delegates can vote. It is the Federation’s highest governance body, where delegates shape union policy and positions on issues affecting all members. In 2019, the Convention will elect officers of the CFT including President, Secretary Treasurer and 24 Vice Presidents.

General Sessions are packed with speakers, awards, and debate on union policy. The CFT division councils meet and there will be workshops on a wide range of topics. There’s time for fun as well, with social events being held throughout the three-day event.

Key Planning information

100TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER
On Saturday evening, the CFT will host a gala dinner to commemorate our 100th anniversary. The dinner will be open to all delegates (there may be a minimal ticket price), who can look forward to a gala event featuring music and special guests.

ABOUT AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

DEADLINES
Nominations due for the Ben Rust Award    January 4
Nominations due for the Women in Education Award  January 4 
Entries due in the CFT Communications Awards   January 19
Constitutional amendments due   January 25 
Resolutions due   February 8
Nominations due for the EC/TK-12 Pride of the Union Awards February 8


OVER OUR SHOULDER: FROM CONVENTION 2018

Tentative Schedule
Thursday, March 21 Saturday, March 23
5 pm Registration 7:30 am Constituent Group Discussions
7 pm Rules Committee 8 am Registration
Friday, March 22 9 am General Session II
8 am Registration 1:30 pm

Workshops

9 am New Delegate Orientation 3 pm  General Session III
10 am General Session I 6 pm Voting
1:30 pm Workshops 6 pm Social Hour
2:45 pm Workshops 7 pm 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner
4 pm Convention Committees Sunday, March 24
6 pm Union Social 7 am Voting (if runoff is necessary)
7 pm Division Councils 7:30 am Awards Breakfasts
    9 am General Session IV

Resolutions and policy

Each year, delegates to the annual CFT Convention debate and decide issues facing the Federation. You will find resolutions and constitutional amendments passed by each Convention at the bottom of this page.

CFT Policies and Positions This policy booklet aids Federation officers, leaders, and activists in determining CFT’s legislative positions and Convention resolutions, and helps inform the community at large of the Federation’s policies. This version was adopted by CFT Convention delegates on March 24, 2018. (pdf, 55pp)

CFT Convention 2018 (pdf, 43pp)

CFT Convention 2017 (pdf, 35pp)

CFT Convention 2016 (pdf, 34pp)

CFT Convention 2015 (pdf, 35pp)

CFT Convention 2014 (pdf, 44pp)

CFT Convention 2013 (pdf, 50pp)

CFT Convention 2012 (pdf, 36pp)

CFT Convention 2011 (pdf, 46pp)

CFT Convention 2010 (pdf, 50pp)

CFT Convention 2009 (pdf, 44pp)

CFT Convention 2008 (pdf, 45pp)

CFT Convention 2007 (pdf, 31pp)

CFT Convention 2006 (pdf, 26pp)

CFT Convention 2005 (pdf, 34pp)

CFT Convention 2004 (pdf, 46pp)

CFT Convention 2003 (pdf, 35pp)

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