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Committees
Member-driven committees examine educational issues

Serving on a union committee is a great way to share your expertise and further your profession. The standing committees of the CFT work on areas of interest to educators, ranging from special education to labor education. The committees meet several times a year, usually on Saturdays, and the CFT covers the cost of travel expenses.

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Organizing
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. 

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Legislative Advocacy
Everything you need to become a successful member lobbyist

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.

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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.

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Awards

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.