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

Expand shared governance for UC non-Senate faculty
March 25, 2018

Whereas, in its 2012 report on “The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members holding Contingent Appointments,” the American Association of University Professors concluded that, “The inclusion in governance roles of faculty who hold contingent appointments…is crucial to establishing strong faculty governance” and recommends that contingent faculty have voting rights and be compensated for serving on governing bodies such as Senate committees; and

Resolution

Protect UC lecturers against union busting by misclassification
March 25, 2018

Whereas, low-wage, low-benefit jobs at the University of California detract from the UC’s mission of education, research, and service and harm the communities in which UC campuses are situated; and

Whereas, in the past, UC campuses have inappropriately appointed non-Senate faculty who ought to be UC-AFT lecturers into non-represented positions such as “Adjunct Professor” and “Visiting Assistant Professor” in order to depress wages and benefits and deprive workers of union protections; and

Resolution

Revise the community college Faculty Obligation Number to include noncredit instruction
March 25, 2018

Whereas, we, the Adult and Career Technical Education Committee, made up of K-12 adult schools, noncredit community colleges, and community technical education programs, are concerned with the Faculty Obligation Number (FON) being limited to only credit full-time faculty; and

Whereas, both credit and noncredit full-time faculty benefit students and colleges by providing critical services such as academic advising and ongoing curriculum development, and by participating in institutional planning and shared governance; and

Resolution

Support academic status of UC librarians
March 25, 2018

Whereas, it is the policy of the state of California to encourage the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and learning through the free exchange of ideas among the faculty, students, and staff of the University of California; and

Resolution

Fight sexism and racism at UC by analyzing wage gap and eliminating Student Evaluations of Teaching in personnel decisions
March 25, 2018

Whereas, women are disproportionately appointed into non-Senate faculty positions at the University of California, e.g., Senate faculty are one-third women, while lecturers are one-half women; and

Whereas, on average, Latina women in the United States are paid 54 cents, Black women are paid 63 cents, white women are paid 80 cents, and Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar a man makes; and

Resolution

Students not suspects: Oppose random searches
March 25, 2018

Whereas, students attend school for education and socialization; and

Whereas, students, especially in communities of color, are often treated with the presumption of guilt and their property is searched without probable cause, taking away valuable educational minutes and training students to become complacent in their rights; and

Whereas, random searches perpetuate and sustain the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline; and

Resolution

Oppose and reject McTeacher’s Nights
March 25, 2018

Whereas, McTeacher’s Night is promoted as a fundraiser when in fact, it is a thinly veiled marketing tactic by which McDonald’s sells its products and promotes its brand to students and their families; and

Whereas, McDonald’s exploits school funding shortfalls in order to market — and profit from — the sale of junk food to children, undermining public institutions and teachers; and

Resolution

Support lower adult-to-child ratios for transitional kindergarten
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the CFT supports transitional kindergarten; and

Whereas, research is clear that the minimum ratio of 1 adult to 8 children is the standard for early childhood classrooms; and

Whereas, currently the adult-to-child ratio in California varies from 1 adult to 22–35 students in transitional kindergarten classrooms; and

Whereas, many of these same students were previously in classrooms with ratios of 1 adult to 8 children; and

Resolution

Adopt the CFT Policy and Positions Handbook, our new living policy document
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the CFT represents faculty and classified workers in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education; and

Whereas, the CFT mission is to represent member interests and the interests of the communities they serve through collective bargaining, legislative advocacy, political action, and organizing; and

Whereas, having a document that enumerates CFT’s positions and policies helps keep consistent the work the union is charged with in its mission statement; and

Resolution

Call for timeline and special education services IDEA waiver during pandemic
May 2, 2020

Whereas, COVID-19 is a global pandemic that is impacting the world to a degree we have not seen in a lifetime. We are experiencing extremely unusual and unexpected circumstances that negatively affect all aspects of teaching and learning, work and life;

Whereas, the economic impact of COVID-19 has surpassed the economic recession of 2008 and may become as significant as the Great Depression;

Whereas, the current unemployment rate has already surpassed 30 million applicants and is steadily increasing;

Resolution

Support students with disabilities and special educators
May 2, 2020

Whereas, nationwide, local educational agencies are required by federal law, through The Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA), to provide appropriate and comprehensive educational programs for students with disabilities (SWDs); and

Whereas, federal funding for support services for these students continuously falls short of the ever-increasing cost of special education services; and

Resolution

Support the voluntary “Pledge Your Stimulus Check!” Campaign
May 2, 2020

Whereas, educators in California know the struggle our undocumented families face in one of the richest states, in the richest country in the world; and 

Whereas, our union, along with the AFT, has advocated for legal and worker rights and protections for undocumented people, including supporting the demand to shut down inhumane detention centers, an end to the ICE raids, and comprehensive immigration reform; and

Resolution

Endorse the CROWN Act that bans racial discrimination based on hairstyles
May 2, 2020

Whereas, as passed in 2019 the mission of the CFT states that we will represent its members’ interests and the interests of the communities they serve through collective bargaining, legislative advocacy, political action, and organizing;

Whereas, dress codes that target and limit self-expression, such as hair and clothing, are all forms of micro-aggression aimed primarily at communities of color, specifically the Black community;

Resolution

Support fully utilizing Defense Production Act to obtain PPE, medical supplies for COVID-19 pandemic response
April 25, 2020

Whereas, President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; and

Whereas, the United States does not have the supplies that it needs to fight the novel coronavirus, including PPE for healthcare workers such as N95 respirator masks, medical supplies and devices such as ventilator machines for patients who are having difficulty breathing, and diagnostic testing supplies including testing swabs and testing reagents; and