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Panelist Bio


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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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