What is the CFT?
- The CFT is a union of educators and classified professionals affiliated with the 1.7 million member American Federation of Teachers, and through it with the AFL-CIO, representing more than 12.5 million working people.
- The CFT comprises the state’s 140 local unions chartered by the AFT. Each local is affiliated with its regional AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the California Labor Federation.
- Through its local unions, the CFT represents more than 120,000 educational employees working at every level of public and private education from Head Start to the University of California.
- In all segments of education, the CFT is committed to promoting high-quality education and to securing the conditions necessary to provide the best services to California’s students.
The CFT passes resolutions on a wide range of issues that affect members in our different membership constituencies and that address other state, national and international issues of importance to the union and to our vision for California and beyond. Many resolutions are passed at the union’s biennial Convention, but the State Council and Executive Council also adopt resolutions.
The CFT has partnered with numerous progressive community organizations that share common goals and philosophies. By combining forces, we have achieved significant victories, including passage of Proposition 30, the voter-approved ballot measure that provided more funding for public services. Similarly, our coalitions helped extend those taxes four years later when voters approved Proposition 55.
Decade-by-decade summaries tell the history of the CFT from 1919 to 1989 and resulted in the book, 70 Years: A History of the California Federation of Teachers. Following the sections about CFT, you will find histories of 40 AFT local unions in California, as submitted by the locals.