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Join the Union
You deserve to have a union on your side!

Being a union member is the single most effective path to advocating for your profession and those you educate. Every educator deserves union representation, whether you are full-time, part-time, classified or certificated, higher education or preschool, working in public education or at a private school or university.

Becoming a CFT member means that you join 120,000 educators in California who together are advocating for quality education at their workplaces, in their communities, and in the halls of the Legislature. Be a part of this important work!


How You Can Become a Successful Lobbyist
Find all you need – tips, terminology, and timing

The California Legislature may seem daunting, but armed with a simple understanding of the legislative process, you can become an effective lobbyist almost overnight. The resources on this page provide the basic information you need to succeed in personal visits and letter writing.


Political Action
Build power in your workplace and your community

COPE stands for “Committee on Political Education” and represents the political action arm of the CFT. The purpose of COPE is to engage in political education, to facilitate member-to-member communications about political issues and elections, and to endorse political candidates and make contributions to candidate campaigns. Many local unions also have their own COPE committees.


Build a stronger union and workplace community

Topnotch CFT organizers provide strategic support to local unions, which is essential to achieving success in our bargaining and issue campaigns. As part of the California Organizing Project, staff organizers help locals achieve their organizational goals by employing numerous techniques to reach union members — from traditional one-on-one outreach to digital tools such as texting. 



The Federation recognizes local achievement in many forms, from outstanding individuall achievement to organizing and communications.  Some awards accept nominations, so please consider nominating the all-stars in your local union for these CFT awards.