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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

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 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 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)

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)

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.

Pride of the Union Awards from the EC/TK-12 Council: Learn more about these awards that honor local union leadership and activism. Nominations from local unions are due February 28

countdown to convention

January 12 Deadline to submit nominations for the Ben Rust Award
  Deadline to submit nominations for the Women in Education Award.
January 19 Deadline to submit entries in the CFT Communications Awards.
January 26 Deadline to submit constitutional amendments.
February 9 Deadline to submit resolutions. Download Word template
  Notify CFT of special needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
February 28 Room reservation deadline at the Hilton Orange County
  Notify CFT of child care needs. Download fillable pdf 
  Deadline to submit nominations for the EC/TK-12 Pride of the Union Awards.
March 9 Per capita payments through December 2017 due to CFT.
  Division Council Membership. Download fillable pdf
  Local Delegates list due. Download fillable pdf
  Local Alternates list due. Download fillable pdf
  Committee Choices due. Delegates may submit choices online.
  Meal Events reservations. Reserve advance tickets online.
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 1:30 pm Workshops
10:00 am General Session I 3:30 pm General Session III
1:30 pm Workshops 6:30 pm Voting
2:45 pm Workshops 7:00 pm  Reception
4:00 pm Convention Committees Sunday, March 25
6:00 pm Union Social 7:00 am Voting (if runoff is necessary)
7:00 pm Division Councils  7:00 am  Awards Breakfasts
    9:00 am  General Session IV


Convention 2017 Program: Check out the schedule of events from last year (pdf, 14pp)
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.

Make room reservations

Reserve hotel rooms online at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa or by phoning (800) 445-8667. Say you are a delegate to the CFT Convention to obtain the group room rate. Have your credit card handy to guarantee reservations. If you reserve online, make sure you request an email confirmation. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms is February 28.

For more information

Please email questions about CFT Convention to Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..