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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 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

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

About awards nominations

Pride of the Union Awards: The EC/TK-12 Council seeks nominations from local unions for its popular member activism awards. Nominations are due February 28.

online Forms

Division Council Membership: Local president or treasurer must submit the number of members in local represented by each division council of the CFT. Due March 17.

Committee Choice: Delegates may choose the Convention Committees on which they wish to serve (Credentials, Elections and Nominations, Rules) or Resolutions Subcommittees (Education Finance; Healthcare, Retirement and Benefits; Professional Issues TK-12 or Higher Education, Socio-Political). Delegate choices will be accepted through March 17.

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

February 28 Deadline to submit nominations for the EC/TK-12 Council Pride of the
Union Awards
March 13 Room reservation deadline at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento.
March 17 Per capita payments through December 2016 due to CFT.
  Division Council membership. Submit online
  Local Delegates list due. Download fillable pdf
  Local Alternates list due. Download fillable pdf
  Committee Choices due. Delegates submit choices online
  Meal Events reservations. Reserve advance tickets online
Up to April 2 Delegate Credential. 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.)

Tentative Schedule
Friday, March 31 Saturday, April 1
8:00 a.m.   Registration 7:30 a.m. Constituent Group Discussions

9:00 a.m.

New Delegate Orientation 8:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. General Session I 9:00 a.m. General Session II
1:30 p.m. Workshops 12 Noon Ben Rust Award Luncheon
2:45 p.m. Workshops 1:30 p.m. Workshops
4:00 p.m. Convention Committees 3:30 p.m. General Session III
6:00 p.m. Union Social 6:30 p.m. Voting
7:00 p.m. Division Councils    
Sunday, April 2
7:00 a.m. Voting (if runoff is necessary)    
7:00 a.m. Awards Breakfasts    
9:00 a.m. General Session IV    

looking back at convention 2016

In-depth report from California Teacher about Convention 2016

Convention in images on our Facebook page, and more, and more, and more

Convention Program (short form, pdf, 8pp) 

Make room reservations

Reserve hotel rooms online at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento or by phoning (866) 716-8134. Say you are a delegate to the CFT Convention to obtain the Convention room rate. Have your credit card handy to guarantee your reservations. If you reserve online, make sure you request an email confirmation.

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