Resolutions and Policy

Overview

Policies, Positions and Resolutions

The CFT passes resolutions on a wide range of issues that affect members in our different membership constituencies and that address other state, national and international issues of importance to the union and to our vision for California and beyond. Many resolutions are passed at the union’s biennial Convention, but the State Council and Executive Council also adopt resolutions.

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Resolution

Educator recruitment and retention
March 19, 2022

Whereas, California and the nation is facing an unprecedented staffing shortage in all genres of education employees on school site campuses; and

Whereas, the shortage of education employees has and will continue to negatively impact the quality of educational services being provided to California’s students; and

Whereas, learning loss for California’s students will never be caught up until education staffing shortages are reversed; and 

Resolution

Cap Special Education caseload in California
March 19, 2022

Whereas, the CFT believes each child deserves a free and appropriate challenging education that can only be reached through adequate and supported resources as identified in their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs); and

Whereas, through Child Find, Special Education identification is increasing the number of students with IEPS (source: California School Dashboard); and

Whereas, the California Department of Education, Section 56362(c), addresses only caseload caps of 28 students for Resource Specialists; and

Resolution

Develop a strategic plan to end two-tier system in the community colleges
March 19, 2022

Whereas, it is widely agreed that the California Community College system’s over-reliance on contingent faculty is one of the greatest problems in higher education today; and

Whereas, over 40 years of resolutions, advocacy, legislative lobbying, and other efforts have failed to make significant changes to this two-tier system; and

Whereas, there are existing models of a working one-tier system in higher education, such as those used in British Columbia; and

Resolution

Ending repeatability restrictions that limit student access and success
March 19, 2022

Whereas, in the summer of 2012, when California community colleges were turning away hundreds of thousands of students due to budget shortfalls, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, in the context of a cost-benefit framework, restricted repeatability for nearly all courses in order to prioritize basic skills, certificate and degree attainment, and transfer preparation; and

Resolution

Vaccines and schools
September 10, 2021

Whereas, since the outbreak of COVID-19, our priority has been to keep our members, our students, and our communities safe; and

Whereas, vaccines are a critical tool for controlling the spread of communicable disease in society, as we have seen from diseases like measles, polio and smallpox; and

Resolution

Recognizing the Armenian Genocide
June 12, 2021

Whereas, 1.5 million people were massacred by the Turkish government beginning in 1915; and

Whereas, the U.S. Congress formally passed resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide in 2019; and

Whereas, Turkey has continually denied the genocide;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the CFT will formally recognize the Armenian Genocide; and

Resolution

Establish annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action in California
June 12, 2021

Whereas, a national movement of teachers, parents, administrators, scholars, and pupils have come together to proclaim an annual week of action, affirmation, and solidarity during the first week in February called Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action; and

Whereas, CFT recognizes February as Black History Month and urges all individuals to join in celebrating the accomplishments of Black and African Americans during Black History Month; and

Resolution

Support for HEPA filtration in offices, schools, and colleges
June 12, 2021

Whereas, the Environmental Protection Agency has identified that High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) systems can help in the reduction of airborne viruses; and

Whereas, schools, colleges, worksites, and offices usually have Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units and personnel to service these units; and

Whereas, along with source control cleaning and sanitization, HEPA filtration would decrease student and employee risk of exposure;

Resolution

Rise up, Recover, Rebuild: A Vision for the Future of Public Education
June 12, 2021

Whereas, public education is a ladder of opportunity and a place to develop the muscle of civic participation, where we both embrace America’s diversity and forge a common identity rooted in social justice; and

Whereas, the AFT’s founding motto is “Democracy in education, and education for democracy,” which was frequently invoked by Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin, and Al Shanker; and

Resolution

Condemning anti-Asian violence
March 27, 2021

Whereas, eight people were murdered in Georgia on March 16, 2021, including six Asian American women; and

Whereas, there has been a rise in vicious attacks on Asian Americans throughout the country, including on the elderly; and

Whereas, attacks on Asian American women have a long and sordid history, perpetuated by negative media images and misogyny; and

Whereas, anti-Asian violence is not a new phenomenon, but has deep roots in white supremacy and racism within U.S. society; and

Resolution

Dismantling systemic racism
March 27, 2021

Whereas, CFT strongly believes in combating racism and advocating for social justice and has publicly announced support of the Black Lives Matter national movement; and

Whereas, CFT has an obligation to address structural racism by not only condemning racism and white supremacy, but also by proactively working toward systemic change to end white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and institutional racism in the California education system; and

Resolution

In support of the PRO Act — Protecting the Right to Organize
March 27, 2021

Whereas, opinion research consistently shows that a majority of American workers would join a union in their workplace if they did not fear getting fired during an organizing campaign; and

Whereas, the National Labor Relations Act, meant to protect workers in collective action and enable them to organize, has been gutted by adverse court decisions and legislative reforms favoring employers over the years; and

Resolution

COVID-19 testing and vaccines for California public school students and employees
March 27, 2021

Whereas, knowledge is power, and during a pandemic it can mean the difference between life and death of a student, a teacher, a parent, grandparent, or loved one; and

Whereas, numerous studies in the United States and around the world have found that children not only get infected from COVID-19, but also play an important role in spreading it. Asymptomatic infected people of all ages are especially inadvertent spreaders of the virus; and

Resolution

Maintain contact lists of retirees
March 27, 2021

Whereas, all retirees who were CFT members in good standing when they retired are AFT members for life, and

Whereas, benefits provided by the state of California and by local school and college districts can change after someone retires and retirees need to be informed of these changes, and

Whereas, retired member activists have had their talents enriched by decades of effective dedicated service and productive labor activism, and

Resolution

Prioritize assignments so vulnerable teachers can work from home
March 27, 2021

Whereas, COVID-19 is a serious health threat and has already killed over 40,000 people in California alone, and

Whereas, COVID-19 is an airborne illness making enclosed spaces with multiple people in the room highly risky, and

Whereas, Cal/OSHA guidelines do not have an accountability system that is quickly responsive to school safety, and

Whereas, many health conditions prevent people from being able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and;

Resolution

Reform the Social Security Act to eliminate WEP and GPO
March 27, 2021

Whereas, Social Security was established in 1935, during the Great Depression, to provide for America’s retirement security and to provide for those in need, for survivors of deceased workers and disabled workers and their families; and

Whereas, in some 15 states in the United States including California, large parts of their public sector employees are not covered by Social Security; and