California Attorney General Rob Bonta kicked off the State
Council meeting on Saturday morning, March 19. After an
introduction by CFT President Jeff Freitas who talked about
Bonta’s commitment to going after people who use their power to
harm others, demanding corporate accountability, and fighting for
public education, Bonta came on stage.
He talked about how the encouragement and support of staff,
coaches and teachers had made it possible for him to go to
college and then to law school.
The night before CFT State Council, on Friday, May 18, the
Federation recognized locals for their extraordinary union work
to support members during the pandemic. The recipients of
our Solidarity Awards are listed below, as well as significant
anniversaries marked by AFT local unions.
The CFT held its first online State Council on May 2. In what may
be the highest attendance in recent years, about 140
representatives from local unions tuned in on a Saturday
afternoon for the well-managed three-hour Zoom meeting that
allowed delegates to vote on numerous policy issues before the