February 28, 2020News
Cecily Myart-Cruz has been elected president of UTLA. She is the first biracial Black woman elected to lead the union in its 50-year history. Ballots for the UTLA citywide elections were counted at UTLA headquarters today.
“I am so thankful to our members for choosing me to lead our union, just one year after our powerhouse strike that showed the world what a fighting union looks like,” Myart-Cruz says. “Our members have built UTLA into a national leader in the fight for racial and social justice and against the dismantling of public education. I want to acknowledge all the candidates who took a stand and ran for UTLA office, no matter the result, and all the members who cast ballots and helped to decide our future. It will take all of us uniting together to take our union to the next level.”
In voting that ran from February 3 to February 28, UTLA members cast ballots for the seven citywide officer positions and seats on the UTLA Board of Directors. Many Board candidates were unopposed and thus elected. The results are pending challenges and must be certified by the UTLA Board to be official. The new officers and Board of Directors take office July 1, 2020, and will serve until June 30, 2023.