“The labor movement has led the fight for progressive social legislation from civil rights to Social Security and minimum wage laws.”–Ray Marshall
Velma Jackson (Butler) was born in Memphis Tennessee; she was the fifth child out of seven siblings. Velma Jackson’s parents were hard workers, father a laborer and mother in the nursing field. Butler and her two children relocated to Los Angeles California in 1978; she began employment and became a student at the Los Angeles Southwest Community College and transferred to CSU Dominguez Hills. Butler’s union activism began at LA Southwest College advocating for workers rights and contract protection. She currently attends the AFL-CIO National Labor College, focus on labor studies.
Butler currently and for the pass thirteen years has served as president for the American Federation of Teachers Staff Guild, Local 1521A and a vice president for the California Federation of Teachers’ (CFT) executive board. Also, for the past four years she has been the elected president for the CFT/Council of Classified Employees (CCE). Butler is a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and the LA County Federation of Labor COPE Board.