Lorretta Johnson is secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. She was first elected to the position in July 2011. Before becoming AFT secretary-treasurer, Johnson had served as the union’s executive vice president since 2008. She was an AFT vice president for 30 years, and she chaired the AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel program and policy council for 32 years. She also served as president of the Baltimore Teachers Union’s paraprofessional chapter for 35 years. In 2014, Johnson chaired the AFT Racial Equity Task Force, leading the union to become the first public sector union in modern history to issue a substantive, action-oriented report on achieving racial equity in America.
Written by Lorretta Johnson
During this pandemic, it has become very obvious who the essential workers are. Let me be clear. I am not criticizing mayors, university presidents or school superintendents. But amid the COVID-19 contagion, we would be nowhere without custodians, paraprofessionals, food service workers, administrative assistants and school bus drivers."Support staff are the infrastructure of the world", by Lorretta Johnson.