State Council
Making decisions for the CFT between Conventions


Between Conventions, the State Council makes decisions for the Federation. All locals may send delegates to State Council. It meets twice yearly. Policy positions discussed and voted on at meetings of the Division Councils earlier in the day may be ratified by the general membership at the State Council.

State Council also sits as the CFT Committee on Political Education, or COPE, and reviews ballot propositions and political candidates and their positions on issues. Through COPE, the CFT participates actively in the campaigns of endorsed candidates.

To assist CFT in event planning, please register your attendance for State Council and/or the Division Council meetings. 

Location: Merritt College, Oakland
Division Councils: 11 am to 4 pm
State Council: 10 am to 6 pm


Time Event Room
9 am Breakfast (full) Newton/Seal Student Lounge
10 am State Council  
11 am Division Council Rooms announced on-site
  EC/TK-12 Council  
  Council of Classified Employees  
  Community College Council  
  University Council-AFT  
  Council of Retired Members  
12 noon Lunch and Local Reports  Newton/Seal Student Lounge
1 pm Division Council resumes  
4 pm State Council resumes Newton/Seal Student Lounge

Getting There

Merritt College
12500 College Drive, Oakland, 94619
Download the campus map with parking and meeting place indicated.

By plane: The closest airport is Oakland International (OAK). Merritt College is 8 miles from the airport, about a 20 minute drive. The BART does not connect directly to the college.

By car: The college is situated in the Oakland hills. Find directions from your location on the map below. Find transportation information prepared by the college here. 

Parking: If you are driving to the college, please make sure to park in Lot C. The campus police will ticket your vehicle in any other parking lot.

Travel Reimbursement

To assist local unions in sending one representative to the State Council, the CFT reimburses partial travel expenses based on local membership. The reimbursement is defined in the CFT Constitution & Bylaws as follows:

Number of local members

Percent reimbursement

1000 or more

50 percent

600 to 999

75 percent

Fewer than 600

100 percent

To obtain reimbursement for travel expenses to State Council, locals may complete and submit this Expense Reimbursement Request form.


State Council Agenda
COPE Agenda


For more information about State Council or Division Councils, email Leticia Castro or phone our Sacramento office at 916-446-2788.