The CFT Convention will be held March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.
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 elects CFT officers in odd-numbered years and delegates to the AFT Convention and the California Labor Federation Convention in even-numbered years.
General Sessions are packed with guest 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
Rules for Delegate Election: How to elect delegates in your local
Guidelines for Writing Effective Resolutions: Quick tips for writing successful resolutions
Resolution Template: Download this easy-to-use template (Word)
Campaign Rules for Statewide Officer Elections: The rules governing election of union officers in 2017
About awards nominations
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 13. Download the Nomination Form (pdf, 1p).
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 13. Download the Nomination Form (pdf, 1p).
Communications Awards: Learn more about this program for local unions and see inspiring winners from last year. Submissions are sought from local unions; the deadline to submit entries is January 27.
online Forms to complete
Division Council Membership: Local president or treasurer must complete this online form by March 17.
snapshot: Convention 2016
In-depth report from California Teacher
Convention Program (short form, pdf, 8pp)
Convention Call (pdf, 6pp)