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CFT Thanks Governor Newsom for Endorsing Proposition 15 – the Schools and Communities First Initiative 

California Federation of Teachers
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Hardy, 510-703-5291

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Federation of Teachers (CFT) President Jeff Freitas released the following statement following Governor Newsom’s endorsement of Prop. 15, which would reclaim $12 billion annually for California schools and communities by closing corporate property tax loopholes:

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Statement on police shooting of Jacob Blake and the harassment of California teacher supporting Black Lives Matter at School

California Federation of Teachers
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Hardy, 510-703-5291

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today CFT issued the following statement from President Jeff Freitas:

“Educators and classified professionals will not be silent in the face of racism, brutality, and the murder of Black lives by the police who are supposed to protect them. 

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CFT statement on Supreme Court DACA decision

For Immediate Release
California Federation of Teachers
Contact: Matthew Hardy, 510-703-5291

SACRAMENTO, CA – CFT President Jeff Freitas released the following statement after the Supreme Court’s decision today rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

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CFT Commits to Black Lives Matter Movement 
Resolution passed by CFT Executive Council on June 17, 2020

For Immediate Release
California Federation of Teachers
Contact: Matthew Hardy, 510-703-5291

SACRAMENTO, CA –  In its first executive council action since the murder of George Floyd, yesterday the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) unanimously approved a resolution that condemns systemic racism and and ardently states that ALL Black Lives Matter. In the resolution, the union also urgently called for fundamental change to the nature of policing in California. 

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CFT statement on the killing of George Floyd: A call for racial justice

For immediate release.
Contact: Matthew Hardy – mhardy@cft.org

The murder of George Floyd by a police officer was an unspeakable act of violence, and our communities across the country are responding to his murder with understandable grief and rage.

But we know this is not an isolated incident. Black communities, especially men, are exhausted and terrified because of the omnipresent structural and institutional racism they experience every day that often leads to violence against them.

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Educators, Classified Personnel, Parents & Administrators Call for June Solution to the Budget Shortfall to Ensure Schools Safely Open This Fall
Group Says Schools Cannot Physically Reopen Safely with Funding Level Proposed in the May Revision

Sent as the Education Coalition

CONTACT: Matthew Hardy at mhardy@cft.org

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Education Coalition, comprised of the nine statewide K-12 education associations that work closely to advocate for the six million students in California’s public schools and colleges, urged California’s lawmakers to adopt a funding solution to the COVID-19-related budget crisis in the June budget. The group said that without adequate funding, schools cannot open on time safely.

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CFT President Jeff Freitas responds to projected $54 billion California budget deficit
Calls on federal government to invest in California’s kids by passing $1 trillion federal stimulus bill

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Hardy – 510-703-5291

Sacramento, CA — CFT President Jeff Freitas released the following statement in response to the devastating budget deficit projected by the California Department of Finance this morning, which includes a potential $18 billion cut to K-12 schools and community colleges:

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CFT urges President Trump to fully utilize the Defense Production Act to address the COVID-19 pandemic

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Hardy – 510-703-5291

On Saturday, April 25, the CFT Executive Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the President to fully utilize the Defense Production Act (“DPA”) to obtain the PPE, medical supplies, and diagnostic testing supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

According to CFT President Jeff Freitas, it is past time for the President to fully invoke and utilize the DPA.

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California Federation of Teachers Applauds Governor Newsom’s Steadfast Commitment to Public Education in January Budget
Teachers and School Workers Highlight Need for Long Term Funding Solutions Found in Schools and Communities First Initiative

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Hardy 510-703-5291

Sacramento, CA  — The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) released the following statement from CFT President Jeff Freitas, following the release of Governor Newsom’s January budget proposal for 2020-2021: 

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Educator Unions Stand Together Deeply Saddened by Another Tragic School Shooting and Deaths
Leaders Demand an End to Gun Violence and Quick Action by Lawmakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Matthew Hardy for CFT, 510-703-5291; Claudia Briggs for CTA, 916-325-1550; Oriana Korin for AFT, 202-374-6103; and Celeste Busser Fernandez for NEA, 202-262-0589

SACRAMENTO, CA—Four state and national education union leaders issued the following statement in the wake of the early morning shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California that has already claimed the lives of two students and critically wounded others.

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California Federation of Teachers Stands with Striking UAW-GM Workers
Statement from CFT President Jeff Freitas on UAW’s strike against General Motors

For Immediate Release
California Federation of Teachers

Contact: Matthew Hardy – 510-703-5291

Jeff Freitas, President of the California Federation of Teachers, released the following statement of support for the 50,000 UAW members striking at GM facilities across the country. The strike began at midnight on September 16 when their contract expired.

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Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise State Budget Proposal

For Immediate Release
California Federation of Teachers
Contact: Matthew Hardy – (510) 703-5291

The California Federation of Teachers believes that Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised 2019-2020 budget proposal, which he released today in Sacramento, is a commitment in the right direction to fund K-14 public education in California. 

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Jeff Freitas and Luukia Smith elected to lead CFT at annual Convention
History made with leadership election: Freitas and Smith are the first out LGBTQ members to lead CFT and Smith is the first classified member elected to a top CFT leadership position

For immediate release

Contact: Matthew Hardy (510-703-5291)

Educators and classified professionals from throughout California gathered for the 2019 CFT Convention this past weekend at the historic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Convention marked the 100th anniversary of the CFT, which was founded by eight local teachers’ unions in Vallejo in 1919.

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CFT stands with our UTLA members striking to save LAUSD public schools

CFT calls on LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner to immediately settle a contract that truly invests in LA public schools
As the 33,000 teachers of the United Teachers Los Angeles walked the picket line for the first time in 30 years today, the California Federation of Teachers offered their unequivocal support for their members who are courageously taking a stand to save public education in Los Angeles. CFT joined parent, community, labor, Civil Rights, and religious leaders in demanding that LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner immediately settle a contract that fully invests in public schools.