| Nelson Edwards
| Cleveland Robinson
| Charles A. Hayes
| William H. Simons
William H. Simons (retired)
Washington Teachers Union, Local 6
Simons has the patience of a college professor, the courage of a
decorated solider and the organizing genius of a wise labor leader.
That such a triple threat renaissance man would be one of the key
architects of CBTU's policy and parliamentary framework is not surprising.
Simons, who grew up in Washington, D.C., attended D.C. public schools,
taught in D.C. public schools for 18 years and then served twice
as president of Local 6 of the Washington Teachers Union for 25
years. During his tenure as WTU Local 6 president, Simons repeatedly
defied the national leadership of his union and spoke out against
racism in organized labor and the need for black workers to unite.
Simons was CBTU's first elected national secretary. This WWII bronze
star veteran, college lecturer, writer and consultant has carved
his niche in labor and politics: past vice president of the American
Federation of Teachers (AFT); founding member of the AFT Black Caucus;
past vice president of the Maryland State and District of Columbia
AFL-CIO; past recording secretary of the Metropolitan Washington
Council, AFL-CIO; past chairman of the D.C. Democratic Party; National
Committeeman on the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In April,
1994, he reached one of the most emotional highlights of his career,
serving as an AFL-CIO observer in the first democratic elections
in South Africa. In 1995, Simons was appointed treasurer of the
prestigious Association for the Study of African American Life and
History, which was founded by the legendary historian Carter G.
The Need for CBTU