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The annual business convention is the highest decision-making body of AFT Connecticut. Each local has a process to elect representatives to serve as delegates to the convention and who serve as decision makers on AFT Connecticut business and issues.
Local unions must maintain affiliation in "good standing" with AFT Connecticut, our AFT national union, the Connecticut AFL-CIO, and local central labor councils in order to seat convention delegates.
Delegates vote for AFT Connecticut’s officers in odd-numbered years and adopt a budget in the alternating years. Delegates also take action on proposed amendments to the constitution, as well as any resolutions submitted that define AFT Connecticut policy and positions on a variety of issues.
The Joseph H. Soifer Award and the Unionist of the Year are also presented during the convention to members who exemplified the mission of AFT Connecticut over the previous year.
Click here for convention-related bylaws, Arts. I - VII, from the AFT Connecticut Constitution.
The theme of the 2015 business convention was "AFT Connecticut Rising" in recognition of union members' efforts to unite with natural social and economic justice allies. As the labor movement continues to face historic challenges -- and the middle class suffers as a result -- it is imperative to realize that "community is the new density."
Click here for photos of convention delegates and guests.
Click here for a video on the success of the Hartford Rising! movement.
Click here to access reports and material provided to delegates, as well as the results of leadership elections.