Key Documents


Key Documents

Find the documents that define how the CFT works and how your local union works with the CFT.


Planning Calendar
Relevant CFT and AFT dates on our monthly single-sheet Planning Calendar. Visit our online calendar to find up-to-the-minute event info.

Constitution and Bylaws
The document that defines how CFT is governed.

Code of Conduct – Implementation Guidelines
Union policy for conduct at CFT meetings, events, and activities. 
Code of Conduct – Meeting Script
The script to be read at CFT meetings, events, and activities.


Conducting Local Union Officer Elections
A guide for election officials from the U.S. Department of Labor geared primarily toward officials with little or no experience in running an election.

Staff Funding Assistance Packet for 2021-22
Includes the application for participation in the CFT Staff Funding Program, a helpful checklist, and regulations for program implementation. 

Staff Funding Assistance Written Plan Template for 2021-22
Locals must also submit a written plan with their application for the CFT Staff Funding Program. 


CFT Legal Defense Fund Policy
The CFT policies about legal defense grant eligibility and application guidelines are contained in this document.

CFT Legal Defense Fund Preliminary Legal Report
Local unions must complete this preliminary report before incurring legal expense in order to receive a legal defense grant.

AFT Legal Defense Grant Application
Grant Application The AFT may grant funds to local unions if they have a legal proceeding before a court, arbitrator or other administrative body that complies with AFT guidelines and policies.


Per Capita Payment

Local unions can use these Excel documents to send per capita payment to the AFT. 

Audited Financial Statements

The CFT posts audited financial statements online each year and the most recent statements can be found below. The CFT statement for 2020 contains three years of audited financials.

Single-Page Financial Statements

These concise visual summaries outline the union’s annual income and expenses.

Agency Fee Audits

These reports are about fair share, also called agency fee, and are helpful to financial officers of AFT local unions. There is a report from the CFT and a California report from the AFT. Each contains an agency fee audit letter and report, accompanied by a cover letter from the respective secretary treasurer.


Expense Reimbursement
Reimbursement request and guidelines for members attending committee meetings or other conferences or events on behalf of CFT.

Elected Statewide Leadership Stipend
Request and certification for leaders who are not receiving release time, load reduction, or a reasonable stipend for CFT work from their local unions.



CFT Strategic Plan

In 2019, the CFT undertook a process to identify priorities that will guide the work of the Federation through the spring of 2021. Building on previous efforts, and guided by new leadership, this planning process yielded four strategic priorities and related action plans that comprise the Fund Our Future Strategic Plan 2019-2021.