Josh Pechthalt and Jeff Freitas lead the union

Every other year, delegates to the CFT Convention elect the CFT President, Secretary Treasurer and 24 Vice Presidents. The officers and presidents of the CFT division councils comprise the CFT Executive Council.

PRESIDENT

pechthaltThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a teacher in Los Angeles, was elected CFT President in March 2011 after serving as a CFT Vice President and president of the largest AFT local union in California, United Teachers Los Angeles, Local 1021. Pechthalt has worked to build alliances of education unions, social service and healthcare providers, and community-based organizations.

SECRETARY TREASURER

freitasThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a credentialed secondary math teacher currently serves as CFT Secretary Treasurer. He has advocated on behalf of members for more than a decade as president of the Carpinteria Association of United School Employees, AFT Local 2216, and as a field representative and lobbyist for the CFT.


SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., an instructor of psychology at Reedley College is the Senior Vice President of CFT. Barnes, who holds a Ph.D, is also president of the State Center Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1533, representing faculty at Reedley and Fresno City Colleges in the Central Valley.

 

VICE PRESIDENTS
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2022
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. United Educators of San Francisco, AFT Local 61
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, Local 1794
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4400
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021        
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. San Francisco Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2121
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Compton Federation of Employees, AFT Local 3486        
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2279 (Sacramento)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. United Educators of San Francisco, AFT Local 61
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. UCLA Faculty Union, AFT Local 1990

AFT VICE PRESIDENTS

Every two years, delegates to the AFT Convention elect officers of the national union. Two leaders represent California as Vice Presidents on the AFT Executive Council.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. President, United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021
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DIVISION COUNCIL LEADERS

Experienced educators lead each of the five CFT division councils. Representatives from constituent local unions of each division elect their council leaders in biennial elections.

EC/TK-12 COUNCIL

Rico TThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is president of the EC/TK-12 Council. Rico Tamayo, an elementary school teacher for 20-plus years in Compton and Pico Rivera, heads the Early Childhood/TK-12 Council. Tamayo has served as a site representative and is currently president of the El Rancho Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3467, in Pico Rivera.

COUNCIL OF CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES

20170331CFTConv0026 SmithThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is president of the Council of Classified Employees, the division of support staff and paraprofessionals. Smith leads the El Camino Classified Employees, AFT Local 6142, representing staff at El Camino College in Torrance, where she has worked for 30 years.


COMMUNITY COLLEGE COUNCIL

Jim MThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is president of the Community College Council and leader of the AFT Guild, Local 1931. He serves on the executive board of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and teaches engineering, math and physics in the San Diego Community College District.


UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

McIver BRJ4557This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. advocates on behalf of non-tenure-track faculty and librarians at University of California campuses. She teaches literature and writing as a lecturer at UCLA, where she has also served members as president of UC-AFT Local 1990.

 

COUNCIL OF RETIRED MEMBERS

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is president of the Council of Retired Members. He was a high school social studies teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and served both as a vice president and president of UTLA before his retirement in 2005. Currently he is president of UTLA-Retired, AFT Local 1021-R.

About our officers

The elected officers bring personal, first-hand knowledge of teaching and learning to our union, from early childhood educators to elementary, middle, and high school teachers and staff, community college faculty and staff, and university faculty, librarians and lecturers.