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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.

Key Planning information

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

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

Resolution Template: Download this easy-to-use template (Word). Resolutions are due February 9.

Division Council Membership: For locals with members in more than one division of the CFT, please complete and return this form by March 9.


Ben Rust Award: The CFT's highest award honors a leader/member for his or her commitment and involvement in education, politics, and the trade union movement. Learn more about Ben Rust and our award recipients here. Nominations are due by January 12. Download the Nomination Form (pdf, 1p).

Women in Education Award: This award honors local unions and individual AFT members for promoting women’s rights and gender equity in the education workplace. Nominations are due by January 12. Download the Nomination Form (pdf, 1p).

Communications Awards: Learn more about this program that showcases local union communications and see inspiring winners from last year. Submissions are sought from local unions; the deadline to submit entries is January 19.

Over our shoulder

Convention 2017 Program: See what happens at CFT Convention by checking out last year’s schedule of events and workshops. (pdf, 14pp)

Convention Call: Step-by-step preparations for Convention 2017 including legal requirements for delegate election and seating, committee service, and much more. (pdf, 6pp)


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