CFT provides training opportunities for local unions

The CFT offers a wide range of training opportunities to help members and leaders build strong local unions. The training schedule may include in-person events and webinars. After registration opens, please click on the right side of the page to register your attendance. If there is no link available, registration is not open yet. There is no registration fee. 

Date Training

Time & Location

Jun 20-21

New Officers Training

Kellogg West Conference Center, Pomona


TREASURER TRAINING: Financial stewardship for a strong local union

This comprehensive training will put you at ease and provide you practical tools to effectively carry out your role and responsibilities as a local union treasurer. It is designed specifically for AFT Treasurers of all levels of experience whose responsibilities include the union’s financial records and reports. Using a hands-on format, accounting experts will share examples of best practices essential in union administration. In addition to financial topics, this course will also cover the strategies and leadership skills necessary to building an effective union with the ability to achieve gains for our members and our students.

TRAIN-THE-TRAINER: Worksite Leaders 

Participants will leave this Train-the-Trainer prepared to teach the CFT Worksite Leaders Training Program for new union site reps, building reps, and stewards. The training that participants will deliver covers a range of introductory topics including legal rights, basic grievance handling, role of worksite leaders, member outreach, and tools to address worksite issues and contract violations. This is a great course for local unions that aim to strengthen representational programs and expand member-to-member outreach.

TRAIN-THE-TRAINER: Political Organizing

2018 will be a critical year for public education, unions, and workers’ rights with many local board seats open, the governor, the superintendent of public instruction, and other significant state races in play in November. This curriculum will provide local union leaders and staff with materials for political action workshops at their union meetings throughout the year.

Union steward and site representative training

Achieving good resolutions 
to on-the-job issues is an important way that the union brings fairness and the voice of educators to the workplace. In this introductory course for union stewards and site representations we discuss strategies, best practices and skills to address on-the-job issues so that our classrooms, campuses, school buses, offices, and school grounds are better places for our members to work and our students to learn. We look at a variety of tools including basic grievance handling, organizing and member outreach.

Strategic planning for local unions

The CFT Training Department provides local unions with meeting planning and facilitation support for executive board retreats and strategic planning sessions. In these meetings, local leadership teams focus on the strategies and best practices that will enable your organization to successfully meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Teams discuss concrete goals and make plans to put ideas into action. The CFT Training Department is also available to assess your local union’s training needs and work with your local leadership to create a customized training and leadership development plan.