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Weingarten elected to third term as AFT president

Delegates at the AFT convention voted overwhelmingly to re-elect AFT President Randi Weingarten to a third term on July 13. The vote affirms the AFT’s commitment to solution-driven, community-engaged and member-empowered unionism that focuses on uniting union members, the people they serve and the communities in which they live. Also re-elected to lead the union was AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, who has held that position since 2011. Joining Weingarten and Johnson as the AFT’s new executive vice president is the president of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, Mary Cathryn Ricker. Ricker replaces Francine Lawrence, who plans to retire this year. Ricker has led AFT Local 28 since 2005 and has been a member of the AFT K-12 Teachers program and policy council since 2006. She is a National Board Certified middle school English teacher who has taught in classrooms all across the country and internationally.

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