CalRTA has come so far … what began as a small group of teachers fighting for better pensions has grown into our current statewide organization with more than 50,000 members.
Advocacy remains the key to protecting and enhancing the benefits of California’s retired educators.
At the grassroots, CalRTA’s division-level Legislation Committees work with local Assembly, Senate and Congressional members to protect and improve teacher pensions. The state Legislation Committee reviews all proposed legislation and makes recommendations for support or opposition to the state Board of Directors, which takes final action.
A professional legislative advocate represents CalRTA in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
Through Advocacy Days, district visits, letter-writing campaigns and other political tactics, CalRTA maintains a strong presence in legislative activities affecting teacher retirement and public education.
CalRTA recognizes legislators for their outstanding contributions and support of retired educators. A “Friend of CalRTA Award” is presented to winners at the Annual CalRTA Convention and this year the award was presented to CalSTRS Deputy CEO Ed Derman. Other award winners not in attendence were Senator Lori Hancock, Assemblymember Marty Block, Assemblymember Warren Furutani and Representative Bob Filner.