Angel G. Maldonado
My name is Angel Maldonado; I am a 5th year history teacher at Locke College Preparatory Academy, currently serving as your AMU President. I am the son of Mexican immigrants who lived in Compton and East LA, but raised me between El Monte, CA and Carson City, NV.
I attended my local community college for 3 years before transferring to UC Irvine and majoring in History and Art History. After, I spent a year as an SDP instructional aide at Locke before attending UCLA’s Teacher Education Program and beginning my teaching career.
My work with unions began during my undergraduate studies at UCI. I was co-founder and vice-president of a worker-student alliance that collaborated with AFSCME local 3299. As a student organizer, I helped organize a campaign where 62 landscaping and 150 janitorial workers were in-sourced, hired as university employees, and unionized. This experience solidified my commitment to fighting for social justice as an activist, organizer, and educator. As educators in oppressed communities, we are all activists and proponents of social justice.
I have taken up the task to serve as your President to protect our mission as educators.
I believe our profession and work must be protected and advocated for by a strong teachers’ union. For the past five years, I have served AMU as a Site Rep, its Vice President, and its Interim President. Serving our members through these roles, while also being a fulltime teacher at Locke has made me acutely aware of the special challenges my fellow transformation teachers face and the obstacles we must still overcome.
I bring this experience to the forefront in every conversation with management as we pursue teacher sustainability for independent and transformation schools. There is truly transformative work being done by all our teachers and counselors across Green Dot campuses, and part of sustainability is ensuring our members are well-cared for.
I want to bring a deep sense of humility and respect in fulfilling the role of the AMU presidency-- especially when the money that finances 100% of our work comes from your paycheck. AMU and the AMU President work for you and must be accountable to you in every sense. I want to bring new standards of professionalism, reliability, and accountability to the Presidency. As the executive board’s leader, I want to raise the bar for how we hold ourselves accountable and ensure we all act with integrity when doing our work on your union dues.
My goal for my term is to set the standard for what it means to be a Union of professionals. I want to set a new precedent for accountability and responsiveness. I want to develop new AMU leaders so we may be poised to leverage the talent of our members to tangibly move our union forward. AMU will no longer be a stagnant steward of grievances, and proponent of mild bargaining points. I want to transform AMU into a dynamic, progressive and proactive union that truly puts its members first, and is present as a support in your work life within Green Dot.
Our organization is only as healthy, energetic, and active as its leadership. Nothing should take precedent over our AMU membership. During this term, I want to meet with all members on a one-on-one basis to weave your personal story, goals, and aspirations into the mission and work of my presidency and our Union.
This commitment to our membership also extends to developing new AMU leadership. In this term, I will ask our site-reps to establish term limits for the presidency, so a top priority of the AMU President would be to ensure there are many members who could effectively steer AMU forward, and have the President do more with their limited time in office.
I want to set an example for future Presidents to prioritize leaving the organization better than they found it.
AMU pa' lante!