Council of Classified Employees
Supporting the staff who make our campuses work

The Council of Classified Employees is the division of CFT that advocates for support staff members in classifications such as bus drivers, secretaries and office workers, paraprofessionals and teaching assistants, custodians and maintenance workers, food service workers, and other non-certificated employees working in early childhood centers, schools, and on college campuses throughout California.


Division Officers

Carl Williams

Representatives from member local unions in the division elect officers of the Council of Classified Employees. You can reach the elected leaders by emailing them below.

Carl Williams, President
Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees, AFT Local 4529

Janet Eberhardt, Northern Vice President
United Educators of San Francisco, AFT Local 61

Tina Solórzano Fletcher, Southern Vice President
AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges, AFT Local 1931

Patti Serafin, Secretary
Palomar Council of Classified Employees, AFT Local 4522

Get to Know the Officers of the Council of Classified Employees.
Council of Classified Employees Constitution governs the division.

California Teacher CFT 100

Council of Classified Employees: Quality representation wins respect for support staff

Download a single-sheet illustrated history of the Council of Classified Employees

When the AFT in 1977 welcomed educational workers other than teachers into its ranks, paraprofessionals and classified employees became one of the fastest growing sectors of the national AFT. In the 1980s, several thousand California support staff voted for the AFT as their bargaining agent.