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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resolution

In favor of a wealth tax to fund a just recovery for California

Whereas, the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent economic collapse along with the national uprising against police brutality and systemic racism have cast a glaring light on the nature of inequality in the United States within healthcare, criminal justice, the economy, and public education; and

Whereas, as most Americans have struggled economically the wealthy have prospered at their expense; and

Resolution

Support faculty training that is transferable and equitable in the community colleges

Whereas, many contingent faculty are employed at multiple institutions of higher education and represent the majority of the faculty; and

Whereas, contingent faculty are required to hold the same academic qualifications and credentials as their full-time colleagues; and

Whereas, many qualified contingent faculty continue to be rehired each academic term over many years; and

Whereas, many institutions set their own training programs and may not recognize reciprocity;

Resolution

Rise Up, Recover, Rebuild: A New Deal for Higher Education

Whereas, the fiscal crisis in higher education has been decades in the making, and the recent public health and economic crises have been used to justify further austerity measures that already undermine the ability of educators to research and teach, and classified professionals to work and support successful educational opportunity; and

Resolution

Mandate unified health benefits for part-time community college faculty

Whereas, the success of our students depends on the health of faculty; and

Whereas, part-time community college faculty and their eligible partners and dependents should have continuous access to health insurance benefits; and

Whereas, the conditions for establishing initial eligibility for health insurance and maintaining eligibility vary widely among districts and are based on various collective bargaining agreements; and 

Resolution

Mental health and social emotional learning for all students

Whereas, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris has published on the acesaware.org website, “A consensus of scientific research demonstrates that cumulative adversity, especially when experienced during critical and sensitive periods of development, is a root cause to some of the most harmful, persistent, and expensive health challenges facing our state and nation;” and