Resolutions and Policy


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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Support migrant refugee caravans and end “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy
March 24, 2019

Whereas, for decades, Central American migrants have been forced to leave their countries of origin, refugees of wars, natural disasters, extreme poverty, lack of jobs and opportunities, and rampant gang violence. These conditions have become even more acute over the past few years, and have been fostered by a history of extremist and repressive right-wing militarist regimes supported or managed by the U.S. government; and


Support statewide movement for public education funding, charter school reform, and class size reduction
March 24, 2019

Whereas, preK-14 per pupil spending, which relies on state funding, has since 1978 declined from the top 10 in the nation to the bottom 10; and

Whereas, school funding in California is $3,400 per pupil below the national average, while California’s cost of living is among the highest in the nation; and

Whereas, the discrepancies between salary and the cost of living prevent many teachers and staff from living in the communities they serve and prevent school districts from retaining high-quality educators; and


Expand retiree participation in Council of Retired Members
March 23, 2019

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

Whereas retired members are often a more readily available, invaluable resource to locals for their institutional memory, their understanding of issues affecting the working conditions of bargaining unit members, their organizational experience and expertise, and their dedication to the interests of working people; and


Adopt CFT Policy and Positions Handbook, 2019 Version
March 23, 2019

Whereas, the CFT represents members who work in education from early childhood through the University of California system, in public and private schools, both in and out of the classroom; and

Whereas, 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; and


“CFT: A Union of Educators and Classified Professionals” branding
March 23, 2019

Whereas, the CFT Convention in 2016 passed Resolution 30 “Promote and support Classified School Employee Week” which stated, “that the CFT create a task force to look into a name change for the California Federation of Teachers”; and

Whereas, several meetings were held with members from the various constituency groups to discuss all of the possibilities of a name change; and

Whereas, because of our name, the CFT is known as a teachers’ union; and


Support for the Part-Time Community College Faculty Health Insurance Program
May 5, 2018

Whereas, to ensure the success of our students we need to have a healthy faculty; and

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

Whereas, there is an established Part-Time Community College Faculty Health Insurance Program for the purpose of providing a state incentive program to have community college districts offer health insurance for part-time faculty; and


Teaching climate literacy in the schools
March 25, 2018

Whereas, the leading scientific bodies both nationally and internationally agree that the earth’s climate is changing and that humanity’s release of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere is the greatest contributor to that change; and

Whereas, the effects of climate change are already being experienced throughout the world, and noticeably in California, with an increase in average temperatures, wildfires, and sea levels, stressing water supplies and local ecosystems; and


Committing CFT to a climate justice agenda
March 13, 2016

Whereas, we are facing a historic environmental crisis that threatens our present and future survival; and  Whereas, the science on climate change is irrefutable in regard to the dire consequences of continuing on the same course of reckless fossil fuel consumption and domination of the economy by corporations committed to non-renewable energy sources for profit; and


No Child Left Behind Reauthorization
September 29, 2007

Whereas, No Child Left Behind has been ineffective in achieving its intended goals, has had negative unintended consequences, is incompatible with policies that do work, is at the mercy of a political process that can only worsen its prospects, and is based on premises that are fundamentally flawed; and

Whereas, focusing narrowly on basic skill tests devolves the curriculum and the educational experience itself and narrows what should be a broad liberal education and the values and convictions that accompany teaching and learning; and