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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

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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.

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CFT Strongly Supports Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House

California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt released the following statement in support of Nancy Pelosi to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives:

“Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has proven time and again that she is the right person to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi is a strong and effective leader who works tirelessly and successfully in the interests of our students, our families, and our communities.

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Teachers and classified workers celebrate Tony Thurmond victory for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Teachers and school workers also congratulate Gavin Newsom, California’s next governor

The California Federation of Teachers celebrated the election of Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Saturday as a resounding call by voters to protect public education. Fighting the headwinds of unprecedented spending by a handful of billionaires and mega-donors in support of Marshall Tuck, Thurmond ran a campaign based on investing in all public schools and supporting all students.

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California teachers denounce Janus v. AFSCME decision as an attack on their voice and on public education

Teachers and school employees vow to continue the fight for their professions, their students, and public education

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case. The ruling overturned decades of precedent and eliminated the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share, or agency fees.

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California Federation of Teachers Endorses Gavin Newsom for Governor

The following is a statement on the endorsement by CFT President Josh Pechthalt: 
“The California Federation of Teachers is proud to endorse Gavin Newsom for governor of California. As educators, we are deeply impressed by Gavin’s proven track record and strong progressive vision for our state and our schools.

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California Federation of Teachers Condemns Trump’s Decision to End DACA Program, Calls on Congress to Immediately Pass Dream Act

Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

The California Federation of Teachers strongly condemns the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which threatens the future of 800,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children. In California alone more than 200,000 Dreamers and their families are now at risk.