Council of Retired Members
Supporting retirees as a vital force in the union

The power of organized retirees is not to be underestimated and the Council of Retired Members knows that. With the formation of the council in 2014, retirees have a greater voice than ever in our state federation. The council advocates for retirees, monitors issues of import to retirees, and makes policy recommendations to CFT governance bodies concerning retirement issues. It also assists local unions in organizing new retiree chapters.

Every retired member is eligible to remain a member for life, for free. See our helpful FAQ for union members readying for retirement.


Division Officers
Council of Retired Members

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

Dennis Cox, President
ABC Federation of Teachers, Retiree Chapter, AFT Local 2317-R

Ann Killebrew, Northern Vice President
San Francisco Community College District Federation of Teachers, Retiree Chapter, AFT Local 2121-R

Cecelia Boskin, Southern Vice President
United Teachers Los Angeles, Retiree Chapter, AFT Local 1021-R

Sandra Baringer, Secretary Treasurer
University Council-AFT, Retiree Chapter, AFT Local 9999-R

Michael Nye, At-Large Representative
California Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 8004-R

Council of Retired Members Constitution governs the division.

California Teacher CFT 100

Council of Retired Members taps a resource: Retirees are “stickin’ to the union”

Download a single-sheet illustrated history of the Council of Retired Members

What retirees have that unions need — knowledge, experience and memories — are concentrated in the Council of Retired Members, the newest division of CFT. Convention delegates in 2014 overwhelmingly voted to add the council to the union’s governance structure so retirees could contribute in the same way as working teachers and classified employees.