Communications Awards


Communications Awards
Showcase your local union's best work

The Federation honors excellence and innovation in local union communications 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 a great way to acknowledge the commitment your local union has made to succeed.

Smaller locals and larger locals compete separately in seven basic categories of communications. In those categories, entries from locals with fewer than 500 unit members are judged independent of entries from locals with more than 500 unit members. This is a unique opportunity for many locals. Don’t miss it!

Call for Entries

Call for Entries: One short page of contest rules and a summary page that lists and describes the categories.

How to Enter

All entry forms for the CFT Communications Awards are posted here as single-page fillable pdf documents. Download only the forms you need and fill them out electronically in the free software Adobe Reader. (Note: If your browser is set to view pdfs, we suggest that you download the forms first and open them in Adobe Reader. This will ensure that you are able to fill out and save your completed forms.)

Contest Entry Form: Must be submitted with your entries and signed by the local president.

Category Forms: Each entry must be accompanied by a Category Form. These contain category descriptions and instructions for submission.

Submitting entries: Mail entries to CFT Communications Awards, 2001 Center Street, Suite 600, Berkeley CA 94704. Some entries may be emailed. Please read the Call for Entries for more details.

Award Categories


Print Publication: 1-4 pages
Print Publication: More than 4 pages
Electronic Publication


Best News Writing
Best Feature Writing
Best Editorial

Web & Social Media

Best Website
Best Use of Social Media

Visual Awards

Best Original Art
Best Flyer or Poster
Best Use of Graphics

Campaigns & Special Projects

Best Bulletin Series
Best Single Effort
Best Public Relations Activity


Past Winners

The winning entries range from newsletters to facebook pages. The pdf booklets below list the winning entries along with judges’ comments for first place winners. Some booklets picture the first place winning entries.