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June 6, 2014



Richard A. Fowler
Cell: 202/412-7745



AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson Elected to Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

WASHINGTON— The American Federation of Teachers today is proud to announce that Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson has been elected as a trustee of the national Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Johnson was elected during the coalition's 43rd International Convention, held in Atlanta this past month. As a trustee, she will work to increase the vitality of CBTU and assist in recruiting and training the next wave of leadership.

"As a black woman, a lifelong trade unionist and an organizer, I am overjoyed to be on the board of CBTU because now is the time to reclaim the promise of a strong black community," said Johnson. "I plan to use my tenure to guarantee the organization's longevity and to be an outspoken advocate for African-American workers in education, public service and healthcare."

"Johnson has been a guiding light in the labor movement for years," said CBTU President Terry Melvin. "I personally asked her to be a part of the board because she is not only a heralded leader but also has the insight and vision to guide others to greatness. It is those skills we know she will be bringing to CBTU by joining our board."


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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.