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

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

Resolution

CFT to conduct Virtual Convention
January 28, 2021

Whereas, the members of the CFT are the essence of our union, and those members exercise their rights to elect their statewide leaders and to consider constitutional amendments, and policy resolutions, biennially as our constitution requires through election of delegates who meet in convention; and

Whereas, the CFT is a state labor organization governed by Title IV of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA) and elects its national leadership pursuant to the act; and

Resolution

Ensure safe, high-priority COVID-19 vaccines for all school employees
January 9, 2021

Whereas, the Trump administration’s chaotic and overtly politicized response to the COVID-19 pandemic has needlessly risked the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and we have entered a dangerous time in our nation’s politics where even fundamental and scientifically noncontroversial public health responses have been deeply politicized and ignored by many; and

Resolution

CFT call to remove from office Donald Trump, seven California congressmembers, and Senators Hawley and Cruz
January 9, 2021

Whereas, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Donald J. Trump made it excruciatingly clear why he should not be President of the United States of America when he deliberately directed, encouraged, and incited his base, a group of terrorists, to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., who then trespassed against, burglarized, and vandalized our primary seat of democracy, and threatened the lives of duly elected officials performing their constitutional responsibilities therein, as the world watched in horror; and

Resolution

CFT believes that Black Lives Matter
June 17, 2020

Whereas, CFT is a Union of Educators and Classified Professionals representing more than 120,000 employees working at every level of public and private education from Head Start to Universities of California, many of whom come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, specifically Black racial and ethnic backgrounds; and

Whereas, CFT condemns those building blocks of racial oppression, anti-Black racism, and unconscious biases that provide the structural support for America’s historical foundation of systemic racism; and

Resolution

Defend the dignity and rights of immigrants
March 25, 2018

Whereas, immigration is one of the defining political issues of our time. Millions of people are crossing national borders in the largest wave of global human migration since World War II. This modern migration has perplexed the world’s most dominant powers — nations have militarized their borders to combat peaceful and unarmed civilians, and politicians now rise and fall on the basis of their appeal either to a progressive internationalism or to xenophobic hatred.

Resolution

Support the Poor People’s Campaign
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the social fabric of our country is being stretched thin by a widening income inequality while politicians criminalize the poor, our youth, and those taking action to defend our rights and fan the flames of racism and xenophobia to divide the poor and steal money from the poor to give billions to corporations, the military to fund perpetual wars, and for the militarization of the police and our schools, surveillance and prisons; and

Resolution

Protect staff and students from the health risks of agricultural pesticides
March 25, 2018

Whereas, CFT members and the students and families we serve deserve healthy living and working environments that are free of chemicals of public health concern; and

Whereas, California communities who work and live near conventional agriculture are disproportionately affected by pesticide drift, which contaminates our water, soil, air, food, and bodies; and

Whereas, those impacted by pesticide drift are disproportionately Hispanic/Latino, and already subject to social, economic, and political discrimination; and

Resolution

Support and defend undocumented members and students
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the CFT has a strong record of advocating for the rights of undocumented students and workers and of reaffirming solidarity with immigrant students, families, and communities; and

Whereas, President Obama took executive action to grant conditional and temporary status to 800,000 undocumented youth, granting them the right to work legally, by implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012; and

Resolution

Increase funding for our students
March 25, 2018

Whereas, California’s current funding system is below the national per pupil average of $12,252 per student; and

Whereas, California’s current per pupil funding is $10,291 and places us at 41st in per pupil funding in the nation; and

Whereas, California is the fifth largest economy in the world; and

Whereas, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has generated a significant increase in funding to schools in California yet we still fall far below the national average; and

Resolution

Seek sensible adjustments to CalSTRS contributions
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the financial crisis of 2007 caused by unethical lending practices of America’s largest financial institutions negatively impacted the health of CalSTRS; and

Whereas, in order to rectify a projected $74 billon unfunded liability within CalSTRS, the California Legislature passed and the governor signed AB 1469 (Bonta, D-Oakland) in June 2014; and

Whereas, AB 1469 was passed with limited open, public debate; and

Resolution

Support for organizing noon duty staff in local unions
March 25, 2018

Whereas, over 1,500 noon duty staff across the state of California provide services to our students, parents, teachers, and support staff; and

Whereas, noon duty staff provide a safe, caring, nurturing, and welcoming learning environment for students; and

Whereas, noon duty staff are some of the lowest paid workers in a school district; lack the protection from unfair treatment and inequitable work hour distribution; and

Resolution

Extend post-retirement health insurance coverage to COBRA participants
March 25, 2018

Whereas, currently, retiring teachers and college faculty (and their spouse) enrolled in a district’s health benefit plan who are not eligible for district-paid, post-retirement benefits, have the right under California Education Code, Section 7000 (sometimes known as AB 528), to buy into a district medical and dental insurance plan once retired under CalSTRS; and

Whereas, this section of the California Education Code does not specifically include those currently on the district’s COBRA plan; and

Resolution

Oppose uses of retirement funds that enable privatizers of public education
March 25, 2018

Whereas, for the last several decades, wealthy individuals, using their for-profit companies, foundations, and fake grassroots groups, have been pushing for what they call “reform” of public education, from pre-K through higher education, but their “reform” is actually privatization that diverts public education tax dollars into private profits; and

Whereas in preK-12 these policies include but are not limited to:

Resolution

Require charter schools to participate in CalSTRS
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the Charter Schools Act of 1992 granted charter schools the option of participating in CalSTRS or adopting another qualified retirement benefit plan for their employees; and

Whereas, currently 927 out of 1,085 California charter schools have opted to participate in CalSTRS, however the number of new charter schools electing to not participate in CalSTRS has increased in recent years raising concerns over the potential impact on the long-term funding of CalSTRS; and

Resolution

Raise community college part-time faculty workload to 80 percent
March 25, 2018

Whereas, existing California law (Assembly Bill 951, 2008) establishes that the contingent, part-time faculty workload is capped at 67 percent, amounting to no more than 10 units, or approximately two to three classes; and

Whereas, existing California law (Assembly Bill 951, 2008) establishes that the contingent, part-time faculty workload is capped at 67 percent, amounting to no more than 10 units, or approximately two to three classes; and