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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.


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


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     


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.


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