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Steve Monaghan
Louisiana Federation of Teachers President

Steve Monaghan is the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT), a union representing teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel. LFT is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).New Orleans native Monaghan was first elected president of the LFT in 2003. In November of 2010, he was elected to his fourth term in office.

At the beginning of his career, Monaghan taught English, Speech, Creative Writing, and Computer Science in Orleans and Jefferson Parish schools. An active union member in both districts, he served as building representative and area coordinator, and, during the extended Jefferson Federation of Teachers' strike, was a zone coordinator.

Monaghan joined the state staff of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers in 1988, and served as Executive Director of Organizing for the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers from 1992 to 1999.

He joined the staff of the American Federation of Teachers as a National Representative in June 1999, and directed AFT organizing projects in East Baton Rouge Parish, the City of Monroe, Calcasieu Parish and with the United Federation of College Teachers, and directed the AFT's Campaign 2000 in Louisiana.

Monaghan served as the Director of the Louisiana Professional Educators Group from 2000 until 2001, when he was reassigned to work with the Colorado Federation of Public Employees in Denver. From there he went to Wisconsin to assist the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers in addressing the problem of 11 contracts held hostage by the legislature.

Just prior to his return to Louisiana, Monaghan worked with the New Mexico Federation of Teachers in a successful effort to launch statewide collective bargaining campaigns.

Steve and his wife Becky live in Baton Rouge.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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