November 30, 2010
Results of Washington Teachers’ Union Election
Nathan Saunders is elected president of the local union. New officers will be installed on Dec. 1.
WASHINGTON—Nathan Saunders was elected president of the Washington Teachers’ Union in a runoff election for the top WTU officer positions, the American Federation of Teachers announced tonight.
The WTU’s new slate of executive officers will be: Nathan Saunders, president; Candi Peterson, general vice president; and Mignon Uzzel, recording secretary. In the original election on Oct. 27, Sallie Littlejohn received a clear majority of the votes and was elected WTU treasurer. The new WTU officers will be installed Dec. 1 for a three-year term.
“The road to today’s election has been long and difficult,” said AFT president Randi Weingarten, “but it was worth going through an arduous process to assure that WTU members fully exercised their right to select their leaders.”
The runoff election was necessary because no candidate for WTU president received a clear majority of the votes cast in the October election. The ballots for the runoff were prepared, mailed and counted by the American Arbitration Association, a neutral third party.
In September, the AFT placed the WTU under administratorship, principally for the purpose of handling the election.
“The newly elected leadership is in place. The WTU can continue to ensure teachers have the tools and supports they need to make educational growth a reality for D.C.’s schoolchildren,” said Weingarten.
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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.