WASHINGTON, DC — The 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly re-elected President Randi Weingarten. In addition, Fedrick Ingram was elected Secretary-Treasurer and Evelyn DeJesus was elected Executive Vice President.
The election marks the seventh term for Weingarten, who taught social studies and civics at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York. Fedrick Ingram assumes the secretary-treasurer role vacated by Lorretta Johnson’s retirement. Ingram was the outgoing president of the Florida Education Association and a music educator and band director.
“I am so honored to represent this country’s educators, healthcare professionals and public employees alongside Evelyn De Jesus and Fed Ingram,” said President Randi Weingarten. “This is a moment without precedent, as the country faces a pandemic, an economic crisis and a long overdue reckoning with racism. It is the union movement that is built to confront these crises, and because of our members’ work and activism, we will pave the way toward opportunity, equality, justice and creating a better life for all Americans. I am humbled by the task in front of us, and I know that Evy, Fed and I will give it everything we’ve got.”
“In this moment of crisis, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to save our democracy, as imperfect as it is, and to fight for a more perfect union—one that provides freedom and justice for all; invests in our public schools and universities; protects working people, people of color and other marginalized communities; looks after the planet; and provides affordable and accessible healthcare to all.”
“That’s who we are as a union. We care, we fight, we show up and we vote. Together, we can accomplish things that would be impossible on our own.”