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.
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.
Know the essential workplace rights you have as an education worker in California. They range from your right to union representation and a safe workplace to your Weingarten Rights. We include the CFT’s successful efforts to limit pesticide drift near schools and our guide to applying for unemployment benefits for part-time faculty in the community colleges.
If you don’t have a union, you already know the boss can do whatever he or she wants. You really don’t know from one day to the next what could happen to your pay, your job, or even your workplace.
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.
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 CFT website. We’ve also included links to our online toolkits, which contain even more resources.
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.
Americans are eager to support workers, but more than 80 percent say they don’t know which products are union-made. Finding union products can be difficult because few are labeled as such. And now that you can find anything online, it takes extra effort to support fellow workers by buying union-made items.