Report and Scorecard

Overview

Legislative Report and Scorecards

The CFT Legislative Department analyzes hundreds of education and labor-related bills introduced in the state Legislature and the impact they will have on education, from early childhood to university. The Legislative Report lists union positions on dozens of bills in a current legislative session and summarizes the progress of CFT-sponsored and priority bills. In addition, the CFT takes positions on social, economic, and cultural issues that underly the mission of the Federation. 

Our annual Legislative Scorecard tracks how state legislators vote on bills during each legislative session.

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Legislative Report
October 5, 2019

CFT Legislative Report

As bills develop, staff recommend a position in accordance with guidelines established by the CFT Convention, to the Legislative Committee, a standing committee of the Executive Council. The positions found in the report are defined below. 

Support

CFT agrees with the policy provisions, and will work to support the bill in the legislative process.

Oppose

CFT does not support the bill, and will work to defeat the bill in the legislative process.

Watch

May mean that the bill has both good and bad points, or that CFT prefers to wait for future amendments or a later time to take a position.

Oppose unless amended

 CFT does not support the bill, but would remove opposition if key amendments are made. If these amendments are made, CFT’s position will then be modified to a “support” or “watch” position.

Support if amended

 CFT will support a bill if specific amendments are made to the bill’s provisions.

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Legislative Scorecards
How do legislators vote on bills that matter to union members?

In each legislative session, the CFT and the California Labor Federation – the statewide AFL-CIO – tally how legislators vote on bills of import to union members. In these reports, you will find a description of key bills lobbied for and against, and a scorecard for all Senate and Assembly members on each bill. Learn how your elected officials are voting.

CFT Legislative Scorecard 2019
Some legislators are such strong advocates on issues of import to CFT members that they earn a “perfect” voting record from the CFT.

California Labor Federation Legislative Scorecard 2018
Similarly, legislators may earn a 100 percent voting record from the California Labor Federation, whose scorecard provides an overview of labor-related legislation affecting more than 1,200 affiliated locals representing 2.1 million union members.