Convention 2019

Note: Online Convention 2019 and Professional Issues Day registration is now closed. If you need assistance with registration issues, please contact our office at 512-448-0130.

Make plans now to attend the Texas AFT Convention Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel.

In addition to official business and election of officers, the convention will include a professional issues day with numerous workshops available for professional development.

Special Events at the Convention

Share My Lesson Texas Community Launch
Join us Saturday morning (9-10:15 a.m.) for the launch of a new set of lesson plans created for the state of Texas. Share My Lesson has always included thousands of lesson plans and professional development courses tailored to specific grades and curriculum, but now it’s getting a Texas brand! (Details to be announced.)

First Book Backpack Stuffing and Giveaway (A Community Service Project)
Here’s a great, rewarding way to give back to the community hosting our convention. On Saturday morning(9-10:15 a.m.), we’ll be stuffing backpacks with free books–donated by First Book–to give away at two local schools to kids in need. (Details to be announced)

Movie Night
Also join us Friday evening for a special screening of the film, Including Samuel, which documents a families challenges and rewards in including their son–who has cerebral palsy–in their lives and the lives of others. The award-winning movie starts at 8 p.m. Friday, with a panel discussion following.

Pride of Our Profession Luncheon
A great line-up of speakers is set for Saturday at noon for our “Pride of the Profession Luncheon” to celebrate the power of our work. Keynotes include Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay, and Pastors for Texas Children’s Charles Foster Johnson

Convention Call

The Twenty-Ninth Convention of the Texas AFT is hereby called to convene at the Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel in Houston, Texas on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12 p.m. and to conclude by 3 p.m. (or end of official business) on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

The Texas AFT Convention is the highest governing body of Texas AFT. Delegates have the power to set the general policies of the organization by adopting convention resolutions, amending the constitution and by-laws of Texas AFT, and electing the Texas AFT President and Secretary-Treasurer.

To be delegate, you must be elected at a called meeting of your local. Article VII (Convention), Section 4 (Delegates and Alternates) of the Texas AFT Constitution states that: “A delegate must be a member in good standing of the local from which he/she receives credentials and must be elected by secret ballot at a meeting which has been previously announced.” Check with your local about when the election for delegates to the Texas AFT Convention will be held. All members of your local should receive notification about the delegate election in advance of the election.

More on the Convention

The Texas AFT Convention is the primary policy-making body of the union.

The vitality of the union depends upon democratic participation in the convention by delegates from all local unions in good standing.

As always, resolutions and constitutional amendments will be in the hands of the delegates, who will set the policies and elect the two Texas AFT officers. The three-day event will give members an opportunity to shape the direction Texas AFT will take over the next two years.

The convention will come to order at noon on Friday, June 9, 2019, with the Pride of Our Union Awards luncheon. On Friday convention committees will make recommendations on submitted resolutions. See the full agenda here.

Saturday we will focus on professional issues with a keynote address and a choice of three sets of workshops, plus our Pride of Our Profession luncheon with keynote speakers. All Saturday events and workshops are open to non-delegate members who register for the single day as well as to the credentialed convention delegates.

Sunday will consist of officer elections, action on proposed amendments, resolutions and other convention business. The convention will conclude by 3 p.m. Sunday, or when business is finished.