Union Benefits


Member Benefits
You are not alone in the workplace

As a member of the CFT, you are part of a vital and active organization committed to upholding educational standards for our students and ensuring the best possible workplace for you. The power of the union stems from collective action. That begins with you, but you don’t stand alone. The CFT stands with you.

Security on the job

You have a reliable union to call on when you’re having trouble in the workplace and good contracts backed up by strong union representation. Top-notch professional field representatives are available to assist your local union in negotiating and in processing grievances resulting from violations of your contract.


Raoul Teilhet Scholarships

Through this benefit of membership, the CFT has helped hundreds of children of union members achieve their high education goals. To date, the union has awarded $1.8 million in Raoul Teilhet Scholarships to 669 children or dependents of union members.

The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1000.


Your Workplace Rights
From worker safety to Weingarten Rights

Know the essential workplace rights you have as an education worker in California – ranging from your right to union representation to your right to unemployment and disability insurance. 

You will also find our guide to unemployment benefits for part-time faculty in the community colleges, and state regulations for pesticide drift near schools fought for and won by CFT and its locals.


CFT provides training for members and local unions

The CFT offers a wide range of training opportunities to help members and leaders build strong local unions. Our fall schedule offers numerous webinars and two in-person trainings, which are indicated with an (*). Course descriptions may be found further down on this page.

You can register to attend by clicking on the name of the training below. You may also register for a training directly from our Calendar.


Resource Library
Find what you need quickly!

If you need a union flyer or resource quickly, this is the place for you! Here you will find shortcuts to dozens of flyers, pamphlets and booklets that are posted throughout the CFT website. We’ve also included links to our online toolkits, which contain even more resources. 


Member-produced labor curricula available to educators for free

The Labor and Climate Justice Education Committee has produced curricula for students at all levels of education, from preschool coloring books to college and university readings, to union-based new member orientation programs. Here you will find some of our most popular and enduring lessons and materials. You may download pdfs for free and purchase print copies or dvds for a minimal fee.