AFT Vice President
Francis J. Flynn was elected as an AFT vice president at the union’s executive council meeting July 9, 2011. Flynn has been the president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals since November 2010. Prior to that, he served as president of the Cranston (Rhode Island) Teachers’ Alliance, Local 1704, for eight years. He also held numerous positions for both the state and local union.
Flynn began his career in 1977 as a special education teacher. His 34-year career included working at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He was involved in developing and implementing several highly effective inclusion models to better serve the special needs student population in Cranston.
He was first elected as a local building delegate in 1977 and served in several capacities, including negotiations chair, grievance chair and vice president. During his tenure, he was instrumental in negotiating such education reforms as a professional development institute, a new teacher mentor program and a teacher evaluation model.
Additionally, Flynn serves on numerous labor, educational and civic boards and committees, including the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Working Rhode Island and the AFT’s progressive caucus.
Flynn holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education (1977) and a master’s degree in special education (1983), both from Rhode Island College.