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 President’s, Joseph H. Soifer as well as the Unionist of the Year awards 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.

The theme of the 2023 business convention was aimed at inspiring collective action to build a stronger labor movement in our communities and across the state. Delegates gathered to take action on important initiatives, including debate over proposed constitutional amendments and election of nominees to serve as officers and executive committee members through 2025.

Click here for material provided to participants at the convention.

Click here for highlights from the event on Twitter.

Click here for a scholarships and awards presentation report.