Labor Union

California Federation of Teachers Legal Defense Fund

Location:

BURBANK, CA

Tax ID:

51-0188170

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(5)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $567,765
Expenses: $627,278
Assets: $421,140

Executive Director:

Walter Boyd

Type:

Legal fund

Formation:

1972

The California Federation of Teachers Legal Defense Fund (CFT LDF) is the legal fund of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the second largest teachers union in California and a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO.

The CFT LDF finances the CFT’s legal matters. The organization also provides grants to local chapters of the CFT to fund legal matters. [1] In 2018, the CFT LDF paid out $63,555 in grants, which was a decrease of almost 50% from the previous year. [2]

50% Law

Throughout the 1970s, the CFT LDF financed ongoing legal disputes between the California Federation of Teachers’s United Professors of Marin, Local 1610 (UPM) and numerous community colleges. The UPM sued the California government for years to enforce the “50% Law,” which mandated that community colleges must direct 50% of their expenses toward teachers and instructors. The UPM ultimately won its lawsuit and gained back pay for its teachers as well as establishing a precedent for enforcement throughout the state. [3]

Dolores Sanchez v. California Federation of Teachers

In 2014, California Federation of Teachers was sued for mental illness-based discrimination by Dolores Sanchez, a 23-year employee and the first non-white legislative representative in the union. Sanchez alleged that after she was assigned additional duties by male superiors and passed over for a promotion she deserved, she took a leave of absence due to depression and then was pressured by her bosses to quit the union. The CFT LDF financed the CFT’s defense and ultimately won the case. [4]

References

  1. “Legal Defense Funds.” California Federation of Teachers. Accessed December 16, 2020. https://www.cft.org/node/1426. ^
  2. “California Federation of Teachers Legal Defense Fund Form 990.” IRS. Accessed December 16, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/510188170/01_2020_prefixes_47-51%2F510188170_201812_990O_2020011617038060. ^
  3. “United Professors of Marin, Local 1610.” California Federation of Teachers. Accessed December 16, 2020. https://www.cft.org/post/united-professors-marin-local-1610. ^
  4. “Dolores’s Story.” Mental Health Justice. Accessed December 16, 2020. http://www.mentalhealthjustice.net/what-we-do. ^

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 1976

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $567,765 $627,278 $421,140 $372,917 N $0 $453,570 $0 $0
    2015 Dec Form 990 $328,088 $426,778 $248,681 $140,945 N $0 $220,224 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $872,013 $1,053,528 $404,343 $197,917 N $0 $214,710 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $207,994 $607,006 $387,941 $0 N $0 $205,305 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $212,586 $126,422 $786,953 $0 N $0 $212,291 $295 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $212,047 $165,315 $700,789 $0 N $0 $210,780 $1,267 $0 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $218,497 $152,588 $681,179 $27,122 N $0 $213,069 $2,207 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    California Federation of Teachers Legal Defense Fund

    2550 N HOLLYWOOD WAY STE 400
    BURBANK, CA 91505-5008