Our experience since the Janus decision highlights the importance
of a well-executed new hire orientation program. Good
relationships forged at the beginning of employment between the
union and new employees are stronger and tend to persist over
time. The most successful union orientations are those that
utilize a team, a well-prepared presentation, good materials, and
advance preparation. The good news is that every local union is
capable of such a program!
Members frequently ask how to prepare for childbirth or adoption,
and which laws and programs provide benefits. Are school
employees entitled to the leave and pay provisions of FMLA and
CFRA? How do members know if they’re eligible for disability
benefits, and under which plans? What are my rights to
child-bonding leave? What benefits are common in union contracts,
and how do members coordinate all of these benefits with the
employer? Join one of our attorneys to find out how it all works
and provide the answers your members need.
Learn how to keep your union operations legal, and consistent
with important requirements of the AFT and CFT Constitutions.
There are layers of requirements concerning representation,
negotiations, officer elections, and convention representation
that derive from both the law and our parent unions. Ensure your
local practices are consistent with these requirements to avoid
potential problems that could divert precious time, energy, and
money away from your local priorities.
To many of our members, Sacramento seems far away and we only
engage with our elected representatives around elections. But
there is great value to building relationships with local
representatives through our union worksites, and many
opportunities to engage them at home throughout the year. Join
our legislative staff to learn how to build your political
engagement locally. We’ll cover the best ways to develop and
maintain local relationships, including successful member
lobbying visits with your representatives.
The CFT Union Summer School program is geared for emerging
and veteran local leaders who want to take their skills to the
next level. The week-long event, to be held at UC San Diego, is
filled with rigorous workshops, motivated and skilled trainers,
and applied learning. There is also the opportunity to share best
practices with local leaders from across the state and to find
inspiration in one another’s work.
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021
Join us at this CFT conference that will bring together part-time faculty in the community colleges and lecturers at the University of California to focus on part-time issues and advocacy. The conference will be held in Burlingame at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010