Two Texas AFT leaders were re-elected as vice presidents of the American Federation of Teachers at its 2018 convention, which concluded today in Pittsburgh. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro and Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo will return as vice presidents and serve on the national union’s governing executive council.
Also re-elected were the AFT officers: President Randi Weingarten, Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker. Weingarten was first elected in 2008 and so marks her 10th year as president. Johnson was first elected secretary-treasurer in 2011, and Ricker was first elected executive vice president in 2014.
More than 3,000 AFT members from the across the country–including dozens from Texas–attended the convention as delegates and voted on a variety of resolutions that set the policies and direction of the union. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro took to the floor at the convention to push a resolution decrying the separation of children from their immigrant parents on the border.