Convention Awards


About Convention Awards
Ben Rust, Women in Education and more!

Learn about the awards CFT will be presenting at our Virtual Convention and the status of other award programs traditionally presented at Convention.

Ben Rust Award 

The Ben Rust Award is the CFT’s highest honor. Learn more about former CFT President Rust, criteria for the award, and read short biographies of past recipients in our Ben Rust Award section

  • Nominations closed on January 5.

Women in Education Award

The Women in Education Award honors outstanding achievement by female unionists. You can find the award criteria and past recipients on our Women in Education Award section

  • Nominations closed on January 5.

Legislator of the Year

CFT will recognize a Legislator of the Year for their dedication to education issues.

Organizing and Political Action Awards

There will be Organizing Awards presented at the Virtual Convention as well as Political Action Awards. 

Communications Awards

Postponed: Due the Convention being online, the Communications Awards honoring local unions for their outstanding communications will be shifted to a later time in the year, or to another time to be determined. 

Pride of the Union Awards 

Still to be determined: Both the EC/TK-12 Council and Community College Council usually honor members for local union leadership and activism. The EC/TK-12 Council accepts nominations in advance.