William Lucy | Nelson Edwards | Cleveland Robinson | Charles A. Hayes | William H. Simons
Original CBTU Leaders

William H. Simons (retired)
Washington Teachers Union, Local 6

Bill 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. Woodson.

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