The Federation recognizes local achievement in many forms, from organizing to political action and communications. Some awards accept nominations, so please consider nominating the all-stars in your local union for these CFT awards.
The CFT Ben Rust Award is the most prestigious honor that the Federation bestows upon its members or friends. The award honors an AFT member for his or her commitment and involvement in education, politics, and the trade union movement. The award is presented annually at the CFT Convention.
The CFT established its Women in Education Award in 1981 to honor AFT/CFT locals and individual members for promoting the rights of women and issues of gender equity within an educational workplace.
Today, the Women in Education Award honors female members who exemplify the essence of the integral and crucial roles that women play in all aspects of our union’s culture, the union movement in general, and specifically the union movement within an educational setting. The award is presented biennially at the CFT Convention.
The Federation honors excellence and innovation in local union communications each year at the CFT Convention. The contest is a great way to recognize the efforts of union volunteers, leaders, and staffpersons who work hard to convey the union’s message. It’s also an easy way to acknowledge the commitment your local union has made in making our union a success.
During the annual CFT Convention the EC/TK-12 Council presents its popular Pride of the Union Awards. The awards offer a wonderful way to honor active members in local unions. The EC/TK-12 Council encourages local unions to enter and encourages discussion of these awards among local executive boards.