AFT Vice President
Anthony Harmon is a whirlwind who turns multitasking into an art form and seems to never get a moment’s rest. Currently serving as a director of staff of the United Federation of Teachers, Harmon assists in overseeing the union’s day-to-day operations. He has served as the director of parent and community outreach; the director of Dial-a-Teacher, the union’s homework help service; the director of the Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund; and chair of the UFT African Heritage Committee. He is always on the go with an abundance of duties and challenges to be met. In his capacity as the UFT’s point person on parent and community outreach, Harmon acts as the union’s ambassador to many grassroots parent and civic organizations as well as cultural and religious institutions.
Harmon was elected as an AFT vice president in July 2018.
Although his many UFT duties keep him very busy, Harmon still manages to serve in many other capacities, including having served as president of the New York City chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, president of the New York branch of the NAACP, delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council, member of the board of directors of the New York State United Teachers, member of the board for the Greater New York Labor and Religion Coalition, member of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and a delegate to the AFL-CIO convention. In May 2018, he was elected executive vice president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, a constituency group of the AFL-CIO. He began his education career in 1987 at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in New York City.
Harmon’s enthusiasm and drive make him a model for what a 21st-century educator and trade unionist can be. He is proud of the AFT’s long tradition of supporting civil and human rights and fighting for social and economic justice.