As Reported by Marybeth Luczak for Railway Age
Shuler is the first woman to lead the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), a federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. She served previously as the Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, which she took on in 2009, at the same time Trumka became President.
The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as Secretary-Treasurer; he is the first African American to hold AFL-CIO’s No. 2 spot. Tefere Gebre will continue as Executive Vice President.
Greg Regan, President, and Shari Semelsberger, Secretary-Treasurer, of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued this statement on the new officer elections:
“On behalf of millions of frontline transportation workers and the unions that represent them, we congratulate Liz Shuler and Fred Redmond on their unanimous election as president and secretary-treasurer, respectively, of the AFL-CIO.
“Today’s [Aug. 20] historic election comes during an unprecedented time in history. Working families are still bearing the brunt of a global public health and economic crisis. The introduction of new technologies, combined with the explosive rise of anti-worker business models, threatens to change the nature of work itself. And our movement continues to mourn the loss of former AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka.
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