Convention 2019

CFT Convention

CFT to celebrate its 100th Anniversary at Convention 2019 in downtown Los Angeles

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
Rules for Delegate Election: How to elect delegates in your local union
Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions: Quick tips for writing successful resolutions
Committee Service: Delegates may choose their committee service

Ben Rust Award is the CFT's highest honor and will be presented at a Saturday luncheon.
Women in Education Award honors outstanding achievement by female unionists.
Communications Awards honor local unions 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.


  • Convention Call: Complete step-by-step preparations for Convention including legal requirements for delegate election and seating, committee service and much more. (pdf, 6pp)
  • Program: The complete line-up of Convention events. (pdf, 13pp)
  • Read the report in California Teacher, the union magazine.
  • See Convention in images on Facebook

We’re Off and Rolling
Members in Motion
Delegates join March for Our Lives
Great Moments

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 12 Noon Ben Rust Award Luncheon
9 am New Delegate Orientation 1:30 pm Workshops
10 am General Session I 3 pm General Session III
1:30 pm Workshops 6:30 pm Voting
2:45 pm Workshops Sunday, March 24
4 pm Convention Committees 7 am Voting (if runoff is necessary)
6 pm Union Social 7:30 am Awards Breakfasts
7 pm Division Councils 9 am General Session IV

For more information

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Travel reimbursement
Find guidelines to expense reimbursement for members attending State Council on the Expense Reimbursement Request form. (pdf, 2pp)

If you have questions about State Council, please email CFT Secretary Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..