Press Release

AFT’s Lorretta Johnson Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Board

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


George Jackson

WASHINGTON—Lorretta Johnson, executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, was elected today as a vice president of the AFL-CIO.

"It’s wonderful to be recognized in this way by my peers in the labor movement," Johnson said. "I look forward to using my position with the AFL-CIO to continue my lifelong fight for working people."

Johnson has been a national and state labor leader for nearly four decades. She was president of the Baltimore Teachers Union’s paraprofessional chapter for 35 years and president of AFT Maryland for 17 years. She served for 30 years as a vice president of the national AFT before being elected AFT executive vice president in 2008. Johnson will become AFT secretary-treasurer when Antonia Cortese retires on Sept. 9.

"Lorretta knows the challenges faced by working families because she’s spent her entire career working for them," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Her years of experience as an educator, union member and labor leader will be invaluable in her role as an AFL-CIO vice president."

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The AFT represents 1.7 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.