Experienced educators lead each of the CFT’s five division
councils. Representatives from constituent local unions of each
division elect their council leaders in biennial elections.
Tamayo 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
Williams is president of the Council of
Classified Employees, the division
representing paraprofessionals and support staff.
Williams leads the Lawndale Federation of Classified
Employees, AFT Local 4529, representing staff at in the Lawndale
Elementary School District, where he works as a custodian.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE COUNCIL
Jim Mahler 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.
McIver 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
John Perez 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.