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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 2021 business convention reflected the increasingly positive outlook for working families as Connecticut and the nation begin to recover from the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. Delegates gathered virtually to take action on important union initiatives, including election of officers and executive committee members to serve through 2023.
Click here for highlights from the event on Twitter.
Material provided to participants can be accessed at the "2021 Delegate Material" section (at upper left).