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 former
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
COMMUNITY COLLEGE COUNCIL
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
Cox was elected president of the Council of
Retired Members after serving six years as the division’s first
Southern Vice President. He taught high school English and
language arts for 47 years, mostly in the ABC Unified School
District, where he was a substitute for nine years after he
retired. He is a member of the ABC Federation of Teachers,
Retiree Chapter, AFT Local 2317-R.