Convention is the union’s highest political body. At the annual CFT Convention, hundreds of delegates elected in local unions throughout the state debate and decide issues facing the organization. Every other year, delegates elect the CFT president, secretary treasurer, and 24 vice presidents.
State Council, to which all local unions may send delegates, makes decisions for the CFT between Conventions. At State Council, which convenes twice a year, the CFT Committee on Political Education reviews ballot propositions and political candidates and their positions on issues. Through COPE, the CFT participates actively in the campaigns of endorsed candidates
Executive Council, comprising the officers of the CFT, makes decisions for the Federation between State Councils and Convention. The Committee on Political Education may also review ballot propositions and political candidates and their positions on issues at the Executive Council.
Division councils of the CFT correspond to the four major groups of education employees: Early Childhood/K–12, Classified, Community College, and University. The councils meet quarterly to share information relative to their constituencies and to formulate policy proposals for the State Council, Executive Council and Convention. Council officers are elected by their constituent local unions.