The 30th Convention of the Texas AFT will convene June 25 and 26 of 2021. This convention will be hosted virtually to provide a safe meeting environment due to COVID-19 conditions. Delegates must be registered as scheduled to receive convention information, including links to access the virtual meeting space.
- Online Registration (each individual should register)
- Delegate Credentials Form (to be completed by a local president or officer)
- Tentative Schedule
- Delegate and Guest Registration
- Proposed Resolutions
- Proposed Constitutional Amendments
- Convention Committees
Friday, June 25
- 9:00 a.m. | Delegate Check-In
- 11:00 a.m. | Delegate Check-In Closes
- 12:00 p.m. | Texas AFT Convention General Session
- 12:00 p.m. | State of Our Union Address & Nomination of Officers
- 2:30 p.m. | Local Caucus Meetings
- 3:30 p.m. | Convention Committee Meetings
- 5:00 p.m. | Business Concludes
- 5:30 p.m. | Delegate and Guest Reception
- 6:30 p.m. | All Activities Conclude
Saturday, June 26
- 9:00 a.m. | Texas AFT Convention General Business Session
- 11:00 a.m. | Break
- 12:00 p.m. | Texas AFT Convention General Business Session
- 2:00 p.m. | Adjourn (will adjourn earlier if business is concluded)
Delegate & Guest Registration
A Credentials Packet will be mailed all locals in April 2021 providing all details to register delegates. All locals must have paid per capita through the month of May 2021 to be in good standing and eligible to vote at the June convention.
Elected delegates need to register online no later than June 15, 2021 via the convention page. Delegates should indicate their choice of committee assignment directly on their registration form. Convention Committees recommend action on the resolutions submitted for consideration by the delegate body. A listing of the committees and an explanation of each is provided is provided below.
Convention delegates and guests must register online, individually or through the local union. This year’s convention will not feature a professional issues day.
The cost for the convention is $25 per person for delegates and guests. An “early-registration” fee of $10 per person is available through May 15, 2021. All registration fees are due no later than June 15, 2021.
Proposed policies and positions for the organization are submitted in the form of resolutions.
- They are due into the Texas AFT office no later than May 15, 2021 so that copies may be shared with delegates.
- They may be introduced by locals of Texas AFT, the Texas AFT Executive Council or the Texas AFT president.
- Resolutions submitted by local unions are to be approved by the executive board or membership of the local and signed by the president of the local.
- Each resolution needs to be submitted in typed form with a title. Submit to: Resolutions, Texas AFT, 912 South Highway 183, Suite 100-A, Austin, Texas 78741.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Texas AFT locals may submit amendments to the Texas AFT Constitution and By-Laws to the Convention as provided in Article VIII of the Texas AFT Constitution. All proposed amendments should state the article and section to be amended and should include both the current wording and proposed change. The proposed change must be signed by the president of the local certifying that it has been approved by the executive board or membership meeting of the local and transmitted to the secretary-treasurer of Texas AFT. The Executive Council of Texas AFT may also submit amendments to the Convention.
Note: Amendments must reach the Texas AFT state office by April 30, 2021.
A two-thirds vote is necessary for the amendments to the Constitution to be adopted at the Convention. A majority vote is necessary for the By-Laws amendments to be adopted at the Convention.
Convention committees review resolutions and/or constitutional and by-law amendments calling for the Texas AFT to adopt a policy or take an action. Resolutions received prior to the convention are assigned to the appropriate committee by the Texas AFT president. Committees may recommend concurrence, non-concurrence, or amend a resolution. The convention as a whole makes the final determination by a formal vote.
NOTE: Committees do not write resolutions; they act upon resolutions received by the convention. If a member would like to propose a resolution, discuss it with your local president. Resolutions must be submitted by a local, rather than an individual member. Locals must submit resolutions to Texas AFT by May 15, 2021.
The following provides a brief description of each committee:
Workers’ Rights and Benefits
This committee acts on resolutions dealing with employment benefits and basic rights for all constituency groups in K-12 schools and higher education, such as Social Security Fairness, contractual rights for support professionals, health insurance, and retirement funding.
This committee acts on resolutions relating to all school personnel, such as teacher evaluations, safety issues for support professionals, teacher effectiveness, technology for higher education, and school nurse staffing levels.
This committee acts on resolutions concerning educational policies such as testing reform, National Board certification, IDEA re-authorization, full formula funding for community colleges, and integrating students with disabilities into general education classrooms.
Organizational Affairs & Constitutional Amendments
This committee reviews all proposed amendments to the Texas AFT constitution and by-laws that were submitted in accordance with the constitution and recommends action to the convention; and acts on resolutions concerned with the internal affairs of the Texas AFT, such as support for state AFL-CIO candidates, communication recommendations, and Texas AFT’s organizing program.
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