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Convention delegates to forge union's path forward

The CFT Convention will be held March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel under the timely theme "Organize, Resist."

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 officers of the CFT this year, including President, Secretary Treasurer and the 24 Vice Presidents.

March for Immigration: At the close of Friday’s general session, at 11:30 am, delegates will join forces in a march to the State Capitol.

Guest speakers: Tom Steyer tops our line-up of speakers. The philanthropist and environmental activist has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration. (Steyer is tentatively scheduled to speak during General Session III on Saturday. Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, and AFT Executive Vice President Loretta Johnson join the line-up.

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. See the schedule of events below.

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

Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions: Quick tips for writing successful resolutions

Campaign Rules for Statewide Officer Elections: The rules governing election of union officers in 2017

online Forms

Meal Event Reservations: Local unions and delegates may reserve tickets for three meal events being held during CFT Convention. The Ben Rust Luncheon is Saturday, April 1 at noon; tickets cost $65. The Community College Council and EC/K-12 award breakfasts are Sunday morning at 7 am; tickets cost $35.

countdown to convention

Up to April 2 Delegate Credential. Download fillable pdf
  Meal Events reservations. Reserve advance tickets online
  Notify CFT of child care needs. 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.)

Friday, March 31 Saturday, April 1
8:00 am  Registration 7:30 am Constituent Group Discussions
9:00 am New Delegate Orientation 8:00 am Registration
10:00 am General Session I 9:00 am General Session II
11:30 am March for Immigration 12 Noon Ben Rust Award Luncheon
1:30 pm Workshops 1:30 pm Workshops
2:45 pm Workshops 3:10 pm General Session III
4:00 pm Convention Committees 6:30 pm Voting
6:00 pm Union Social 7:00 pm  Reception
7:00 pm Division Councils Sunday, April 2
    7:00 am Voting (if runoff is necessary)
     7:00 am  Awards Breakfasts
     9:00 am  General Session IV

looking back at convention 2016

In-depth report from California Teacher about Convention 2016

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Quick downloads!
Delegate Credential: Download and complete this fillable pdf to register at Convention.

Advance Program: Find the full schedule and workshops in the advance program.

Be social!
The hashtags for this year's CFT Convention are #OrganizeResist and #CFTConv17. Please include these with your facebook posts and in your tweets.

Our 75th Convention will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento.

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