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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 67th annual convention held in May, 2014 was “Picture This” in order to galvanize delegates for the upcoming fight make sure that Connecticut is “not Wisconsin.” With some politicians threatening the kind of grab power that gutted union rights and devastated the economy in that state three years ago, our leaders must be prepared.
Click here to access reports, information and material provided to delegates.
Click here for an edited “Not Wisconsin” video shown to convention delegates.
Click here for photos of convention delegates and guests.