This is Your Union

Our Mission

The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals who champions the social and economic well-being of our members, Cincinnati’s children, families, working people and communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism and especially through our members’ work.

Our Vision

  • All citizens have access to high-quality public education, and public services they need to develop their full potential.
  • A strong public education system with effective schools, quality teaching and learning conditions, and equal education opportunity for all students.
  • A genuine profession for all teachers and public employees expanding professional skills for our members and cultivating emerging leaders.
  • Public services are provided by our members and the foundation of a strong democratic society.

Our Role

The Cincinnati Federation of Teaachers is a union of professionals who champions the social and economic well-being of our members, Cincinnati’s children, families, working people and communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism and especially through our members’ work.

Our Purpose

  • Promoting the welfare of Cincinnati’s students and fostering education opportunities.
  • Advocating and promoting our Mission and Vision with collective bargaining, political activism, member engagement and mobilization, community engagement and organizing.
  • We will support our members, so they can have the highest level of professionalism.

About Us

The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers  • Cincinnati Federation of Office Professionals (CFT/CFOP) is a professional, progressive union.
Our dues-paying members make all of our work possible. If you are a CFT member, thank you! Please ask your colleagues to share in supporting our work on their behalf. If you are not yet a member, please take this opportunity to join.

As a CFT member, you have access to the CFT Staff who advocate for you, answer your questions and help you resolve conflicts and issues at your work site. You also have access to member benefits through the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), our national union. On an even larger scale, you will be helping us to advocate for your profession and for public education on local, state and national levels.

There are many ways you can get involved in CFT. You can attend our many professional support programs. As educators, we need to be able to analyze and reflect on our practice to refine and improve our instruction. Acquiring this knowledge and developing our practice requires the sharing of knowledge among our fellow educators. Unique to the world of education, we know that teachers teaching teachers is the most powerful professional learning.

One of the most important ways members can become involved is to make a voluntary additional contribution to the Committee on Political Education (COPE). By law, union dues cannot be used for political endorsements or campaign contributions; however, in Ohio, much of our funding for public education comes from the state legislature. It is IMPERATIVE that we have education-friendly legislators. The COPE committee interviews candidates and makes recommendations based on their stance on public education and working families issues. The committee financially supports our endorsed candidates’ campaigns, and more importantly, we work to elect them. We invite you to join CFT COPE with a regular contribution of your choice and get active to support political candidates that support us.

Meet the People Who Work for You

The Executive Council Officers

Julie Sellers

President
CFT Office

Lee Black

Executive Vice President
SCPA

Brad Smith

Vice President for Organizing
Walnut Hills

Milbeth Allen

VP for Community Engagement
John P Parker

Julia Wiant

Treasurer
Western Hills High School

Angela Couch

Secretary
Pleasant Hill

Tom Frank

Chief Labor Delegate
Gamble Montessori

Fannie Carradine

CFOP Vice President
Human Resources

The Executive Council Committee Chairpersons

Richard "Chipp" Knudsen

Collective Bargaining
Woodward Career Tech

TBD

Educational Policies
TBD

Brad Dillman

Grievance
Jacobs Center - CT/TES Office

Chandra M. Gardner

Human Rights
Dater High School

Jane Simon

Leg./Political Action
SCPA

Clayton Adams

Community Outreach
Aiken College & Career

Neil Stewart

Retirement
AWL

Justin Broyles

Social/Member Services
Cheviot

The Executive Council Area Coordinators

Wayne Wiggins

Area One
Walnut Hills

Natasha Taylor

Area Two
Pleasant Ridge

Ronnie X Black

Area Three
Juvenile Court

Ryan Shearer

Area Four
AWL

Jared Ceaser

Area Five
LEAP School

Laura Sanregret

Area Six
Rising Stars

Kelly Bullock

Area Seven
Cheviot

Barbara Santel

Area Eight
Dater High School

Sandra Bennett-Poettker

Area Nine
College Hill/Westwood

Sonya Lackey

Area Ten
Midway

Theresa Allen

Area Substitutes
Auxiliary

CFT Office Staff

Ralph Jackson

Director of Organization

Kendra Phelps

Professional Issues Rep

Don Mooney

Field Rep

Bennett Allen

Field Rep

Karen Imbus

Field Rep

Michelle Dillingham

Organizer

Winona Oliver

Special Ed Liaison

Charity McFerron

Special Projects Rep

Angel Green

Sr. Adm Staff Rep

Kelly Singleton

Communications & Office Coordinator
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