AFL-CIO Elects New, Diverse Leadership Team

The AFL-CIO elected Liz Shuler as President of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. The first woman to serve in this capacity, Shuler will function as part of the most diverse leadership team in AFL-CIO’s history. In a press release from AFL-CIO, Shuler says, “This is a moment for us to lead societal transformations—to leverage our power to bring women and people of color from the margins to the center—at work, in our unions and our economy, and to be the center of gravity for incubating new ideas that will unleash unprecedented union growth.” The AFL-CIO’s Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers’ (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Redmond commented, that “This is the right team at the right time to help bring about the economic and social justice America is hungry for.” In addition, Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.