CFT has formed a new division welcoming retiree
participation and action, the Council of Retired Members. It is
the first constitutional division the union has added in several
decades. The Council elected its first officers at CFT
Convention on March 20.
The CFT has established the Retiree Organizing Committee to help
local unions take advantage of the experience, skills and
commitment of retired union members.
The goal of this new standing committee is to organize AFT
retiree chapters around the state so that retirees may continue
to contribute to their unions — and have opportunities to connect
with former colleagues.
Although it began as a social group, the recently chartered
retiree chapter of the ABC Federation of Teachers has become
increasingly political, says its president, Gayle Pekrul. “Many
retirees are not interested in just being social — they want to
be involved in the issues.”