AFT is an organization which represents teachers, paraprofessionals, healthcare and public employees in the United States. It is a great organization
Executive Assistant to the President, AFT (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 27, 2015
I was at the AFT from 1975 to 2008. I started as a Secretary in the Office Managers office. Promoted in 1977 as Secretary to the Legislative Director. In 1991, promoted to Human Resources secretary. 1992 promoted to Confidential Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer (elected official). In the next few years, the S/T was elected as President and I continued to be his "right hand" person until 2008.
A typical day could be business as usual or could become stressful. AFT represents over 1.5 million members, over 400 employees in the Washington, DC (based) building.
Most co-workers were exceptional and we worked as a team. Team work was essential when I worked in the Executive Office -- we had to be ready to jump into any situation. Even if the President was on travel, when needed, this special group that I was part of would go into action by assessing a situation and then report to the President and other elected officials wherever they were. I am very confident working in stressful situations.
The most enjoyable part of my job was scheduling high profile type of meetings which included White House staff, congressional leaders, etc who had a special interest in education. I was responsible for preparing agendas, talking points, possible web meetings or reserve conference rooms at large hotels, in another city other than Washington, DC etc.
I also prepared the expense reports, daily activity logs, arranged all transportation for the President etc.
It was my responsibility to supervise two secretaries and make sure that the office ran smoothly.
salary, pension plan, health insurance, sick/vacation leave etc.
Parking in the building was very expensive. The only con.