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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 traditionally 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.

IB ImageThe theme of the 2020 business convention was determined prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and yet felt appropriate for a first-ever virtual event. Delegates overcame the distance to come together online and take action on important union initiatives, including adoption of amendments to AFT Connecticut's Constitution and Bylaws.
Click here for highlights from the event on Twitter.
Click here to watch our national union president's keynote remarks.
Material provided to participants can be accessed at the "2020 Delegate Material" section (at upper left).