CFT sponsors Strategic Campaign Initiative Organizing Grant Program for local unions

The Strategic Campaign Initiative assists the CFT in building a comprehensive organizing and political program that integrates the essential elements of quality research, legislative and policy advocacy, political engagement, and strategic communications. Through the SCI, the political and organizing capacity of the CFT is being expanded.

Over the last couple of years, the key programmatic elements of the SCI have been the Member Organizer Committee (MOC), and the Political Leaders United to Create Change (PLUCC). These CFT-funded grant programs have helped locals plan and implement external and internal organizing campaigns, while training scores of members across the state in the process.

At Convention 2013, the CFT passed a resolution committing itself to working with community partners on a Quality Public Education Campaign that addresses the issues of equity, access, pedagogy, funding and other elements needed for progressive educational improvements. The CFT is now realigning and updating its program resources to support this campaign.

The PLUCC and MOC grant programs have been merged into one new Strategic Campaign Initiative Organizing Grant Program, or SCIO, complete with a streamlined application. SCIO grants are designed to assist CFT locals in strengthening our union by engaging in strategic organizing work in support of the Quality Public Education Campaign and other key local initiatives.

SCIO grants awarded: 2014-15
AFT College Staff Guild
Berkeley Council of Classified Employees
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers
Cerritos College Faculty Association
Galt Federation of Certificated and Classified Employees
Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers
Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers
Oxnard Federation of Teachers & School Employees
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Palomar Faculty Federation
Peralta Federation of Teachers
Petaluma Federation of Teachers
San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers
San Mateo College Federation of Teachers
Treasure Island Job Corps Workers Union
University Council-AFT
United Educators of San Francisco


SCIO grants awarded: 2013-14

ABC Federation of Teachers
Berkeley Council of Classified Employees
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers
Cerritos College Faculty Association
Coast Federation of Educators
Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers
Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers
Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
Oxnard Federation of Teachers and School Employees
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Palomar Faculty Federation of Teachers
Peralta Federation of Teachers
San Jose/Evergreen Faculty Association
UC-AFT Los Angeles

Member organizing grants awarded: Spring 2013

Natasha Bowman and Jack Mierop Adjunct Faculty United
Larissa Dorman AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges
Susan Lowry and Justin Shores Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers
Rita Petitt Berkeley Council of Classified Employees
Amanda Green Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Sharon Took-Zozaya Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers
Natasha Ramos-Bernal Cerritos College Federation of Teachers
Mike Farina Citrus College Adjunct Faculty Federation
Elaine Francisco Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers
Ilana Feingold Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Chris Bauer Los Rios College Federation of Teachers
Jaymi Ropp Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
Sarah Henne Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Paul Humann San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers
Kim Waldron United Educators of San Francisco

Political Leaders United to Create Change: 2012

Britt Alamo Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Jared Anderson Los Rios College Federation of Teachers
Alex Bauer
 Galt Federation of Certificated and Classified Employees
Rudy Corral
 Ventura County Federation of College Teachers
Joel Flores
 Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers
Tanya Golden ABC Federation of Teachers
Janell Hampton Peralta Federation of Teachers
Kassi Hawkins
 Oxnard Federation of Teachers and School Employees
Sarah Henne
 Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Jimmy Kelly
 San Jose/Evergreen Faculty Association
Sadie Reynolds Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers
Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Robert Schneiderman
 Coast Federation of Educators
Ken Tray United Educators of San Francisco

Member organizing grants awarded: Fall 2012

Natasha Bauman Adjunct Faculty United
Susan Lowry and Justin Shores Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers
Sharon Took-Zozaya Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers
Allison Merzon Cuesta College Federation of Teachers
Ilana Feingold Los Angeles College Faculty Guild
Sarah Henne Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Paul Humann San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers
Sharon Kerr State Center Federation of Teachers
Kim Waldron United Educators of San Francisco
Mike Rotkin University Council - AFT

To learn more about the Strategic Campaign Initiative Organizing Grant Program available to local unions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CFT Organizing Director.