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Planning for a successful CFT Convention

Make Hotel Reservations

Getting there: By plane or car

Rules for Delegate Election

Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions

Committee Service for Delegates

Meal Events Advance Purchase 

Make hotel reservations

The CFT block of rooms at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa has sold out. If you still need a room, you may be able to reserve one at the overflow hotel, the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport.

If you have reserved rooms at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa that you will not need, please do not cancel them. Instead, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your confirmation numbers and she will issue them to other CFT members.

The Hilton Irvine is three miles from the Convention hotel and offers complimentary shuttle service within that range, as well as from John Wayne Airport.


Getting there

By plane: The closest airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA) located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles, between the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach and Santa Ana. The Hilton Orange County is located about four miles from the airport in Costa Mesa. (The hotel is about 40 miles from LAX.)

Airport shuttle service: The Hilton offers complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel on a first come, first served basis. The shuttle runs every 15 and 45 minutes on the hour (for example, 8:15 am and 8:45 am), starting at 5:45 am and ending at 11:15 pm.

By car: The Hilton Orange County is situated right between Los Angeles and San Diego. Find driving directions online by using the hotel address: 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Parking: Parking is available in the hotel’s secure lot. Self-parking costs $25 per day. Valet parking costs $33 per day.

Good to know
Wi-Fi: The Hilton offers complimentary Wi-Fi in its guest rooms and in the lobby.

Rules for Delegate Election

Delegates must be nominated and elected according to the CFT By-Laws and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (commonly referred to as the “Landrum-Griffin Act”). This federal law, the AFT Constitution and CFT Constitution, require that: 

1. Each member shall have a reasonable opportunity to be nominated as a delegate.

2. Notice of election of delegates shall be mailed to each member at least 15 days in advance of the election. Notice may be contained in the local union newsletter as long as it is mailed to the last known address of each member.

3. Election shall be by secret ballot.

4. Results shall be published and records (including ballots) kept for one year.

5. The president or other elected union officer may serve as a delegate without a special election provided:

• He or she was elected to office by secret ballot according to provisions of the Landrum-Griffin Act, and,
• The local constitution or by-laws state that one of the duties of office is to be a delegate to the CFT Convention.

Although many locals divide expense allocations equally by common practice, the Labor Department has ruled that expenses need not be distributed equally among the delegates, provided that the rule for allocating the expenses is passed before the nomination of candidates. The guiding principle to follow is that the rule must be reasonable and able to be uniformly enforced.

> Find a helpful step-by-step guide to delegate and officer elections in the booklet, Conducting Local Union Officer Elections.

Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions

When writing resolutions on topics that impact our union and the work we do, please take the time to research your whereas’s and resolves and write the resolutions as clearly as possible. It’s important that delegates cast informed votes at CFT Convention, so please follow these guidelines for writing effective resolutions.

• Read the requirements for submitting resolutions described in the Convention Call. Follow the resolution format by using the Resolution Template.
• Write your resolution assuming that readers know nothing about the subject, why there is a problem, and what role the CFT should play in its solution. Please spell out names of organizations and proper nouns on first use.
• Use the “whereas” clauses to educate readers about the problem the resolution addresses. Be accurate in your facts and both succinct and complete in your presentation of them.
• Be sure the action you ask the CFT to take is an appropriate one. For example, if your concern is one that falls within the scope of negotiations, don’t ask for legislation to take the place of local bargaining. 
• If your local adopts a resolution that came from another organization, take the time to modify it for CFT’s consideration. Don’t submit resolutions that are addressed to other organizations.
• Document that the resolution was approved for submission at a meeting of your local’s membership or executive board. 

Committee Service for Delegates

All proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions are first reviewed by one of the Convention committees. These committees are given the task of recommending whether an amendment should be adopted, whether a resolution needs modification, what action the Convention should take concerning the resolution, and the order of importance for resolutions to be considered. All delegates are encouraged to participate in these important sessions to ensure a democratic Convention process.

Each delegate who wishes to serve will be assigned to one Convention committee. The CFT President shall appoint delegates to committees based on delegates’ expressed choices, giving weight and consideration to balance and to service on standing committees of the Federation. Members of CFT standing committees who are delegates shall be appointed to the corresponding Convention committees to coordinate the work of those bodies. No more than 20 percent of committee membership may be from one local. Only assigned members of the committee may debate and vote upon resolutions before the committee.

The CFT President shall appoint Convention committee chairs and members of the Constitution Committee with the approval of the Executive Council. Delegates can designate the committees on which they wish to serve using the link below.

Nominations and Elections
Resolutions Subcommittees

  • Education Finance
  • Health Care, Retirement and Benefits
  • Professional Issues: EC/TK-12
  • Professional Issues: Higher Education
  • Socio-Political

Committees meet Friday, March 23, from 4-6 p.m. with the following exceptions:
- The Credentials Committee will meet as necessary throughout the Convention.
- The Rules Committee will meet Thursday evening, March 22.

The deadline for delegates to choose Convention committee service is March 9.

Meal events advance purchase

Delegates and local union may reserve tickets for three meal events being held during CFT Convention. Advance purchase is encouraged and tickets will be held at the Convention registration desk. If tickets are still available at the time of Convention, they can be purchased at the registration desk.

  • 44th Annual Ben Rust Luncheon: Saturday, March 24 at 12 noon. The CFT presents its highest honor, the Ben Rust Award, to individuals who have shown the greatest commitment to education unionism. Tickets cost $65.
  • Community College Council Awards Breakfast: Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 am. The CCC presents its Pride of the Union awards to faculty and classified staff. Tickets cost $35.
  • EC/TK-12 Council Awards Breakfast: Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 am. The EC/TK-12 Council presents its annual Pride of the Union Awards. Tickets cost $35.

About payment: After reserving tickets online, please calculate the total amount due for selected meal events and send advance payment to CFT Convention Meal Events, 2001 Center Street, Suite 600, Berkeley, CA 94704. Make the check payable to the California Federation of Teachers.

The deadline for purchasing advance tickets is March 9.

For more information

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