CFT United/California Teacher Index



CFT United, The Voice of the Union

Browse issues of the union’s flagship publication below. In the fall of 2019, California Teacher was renamed CFT United. You will find issues published under both names here. 

The first issue of California Teacher was published in 1948, and members received it in print for 70 years before it became a web-based digital publication in 2018. In 2019, the magazine was renamed CFT United to better reflect the union’s diverse membership. Under its new name, the magazine continues to bring members the same high-quality content and news of the CFT. The magazine has won hundreds of awards from labor communications groups for its excellence in storytelling.

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Nov-Dec 2020
Volume 74, Number 2

Members brave public rallies to defend democracy

Election 2020 — sweet victory tinged with disappointment

The pandemic — reopening, regrouping, testing & protecting

Five retirees recount their extraordinary efforts in Election 2020


Sept-Oct 2020
Volume 74, Number 1

Dark times bring out our best selves

Unions step up to help wildfire evacuees

“Let’s have our voices count!” urge CFT Black leaders

Facing most difficult conditions in decades, unions meet the moment


Apr-May 2020
Pandemic Heroes
Volume 73, Number 4

Dedication to students helps teachers make huge shift with grace, diligence

Tech support powers online classrooms behind the scenes

Community college instructors rise to distance learning challenge

Retired unionists go digital during the pandemic


Feb-Mar 2020
Volume 73, Number 3

SPECIAL REPORT — Special education in crisis

Has Calbright lost its legislative support?

Thousands of UC lecturers mobilize for job rights, fair salaries

Nominate your classified colleagues for national and state recognition

CFT retirees leaving their mark on 2020 elections


Nov-Dec 2019
Volume 73, Number 2

Our bold step forward to fully fund public education

Put Schools and Communities First on the ballot

Know the new laws for California schools and colleges in 2020

State’s oldest AFT local shares 100th Birthday with CFT

CA Supreme Court victory brings back pay to Antelope Valley staff


Sept-Oct 2019
Volume 73, Number 1

Union work is social justice work

Charter school reform is within reach

New state program matches funds classified employees set aside

CFT takes bold step in opposition to online community college

How American education has changed since “Leave it to Beaver”

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Feb-Mar 2019
Six Days That Shook Los Angeles

Special Edition
Volume 72, Number 3

Part 1: Teachers and communities lay it on the line

Part 2: Charter schools cost L.A. Unified nearly $600 million per year

Part 3: UTLA retirees link young strikers to 1970 and 1989 walkouts

Part 4: For CFT President Josh Pechthalt, UTLA strike is personal

Part 5: A new generation of parents committed to local schools

Part 6: Teachers never walk alone when they have union brothers and sisters

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Nov-Dec 2018
Volume 72, Number 2

A Blue Wave – but what next?

Election 2018: CFT’s heavy lifting helps flip seats, elect Thurmond

Strike? UTLA rallies forces to win schools students deserve

It’s a family affair: When parents and children are union brothers and sisters

Students need more mental health support on campus, faculty too

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Sep-Oct 2018
Volume 72, Number 1

A Blue Wave — only if we make it happen

Choose True Blue on November 6

CFT members step up to the plate following Janus v. AFSCME decision

Security doorlocks: Persistent legislative efforts lead to greater campus safety