FILE PHOTO: Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Liz Shuler speaks on the Lincoln Memorial through the ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ march in assist of racial justice, in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2020. Olivier Douliery/Pool through REUTERS
August 20, 2021
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The AFL-CIO, the most important U.S. labor group, on Friday elected Liz Shuler, a longtime commerce unionist, to function the federation’s first lady president, succeeding Richard Trumka, who died unexpectedly earlier this month.
The AFL-CIO’s government council additionally elected Fred Redmond, a United Steelworkers (USW) union official as secretary-treasurer, making him the primary African-American to carry the group’s No. 2 workplace.
Trumka, who died of a coronary heart assault at 72 throughout a tenting journey, had led the commerce federation of 56 unions representing 12.5 million staff since 2009.
President Joe Biden referred to as Shuler to supply his congratulations and vowed to accomplice with the coalition to create union jobs and enhance wages, in keeping with a White Home official.
Shuler, who grew up in a union family, mentioned she was decided to proceed Trumka’s push to develop the facility of organized labor, scale back the revenue hole between wealthy and poor whereas rising union membership, which has slid for many years within the nation.
“This can be a second for us to guide societal transformations – to leverage our energy to convey girls and other people of coloration from the margins to the middle – at work, in our unions and in our financial system,” she mentioned in an announcement.
Shuler, 51, labored as an organizer at Native 125 of the Electrical Employees (IBEW) union at Portland Normal Electrical, working with a coalition of activists to problem power big Enron Corp when it tried to muscle electrical energy deregulation by the Oregon Legislature.
In 2009, she was elected as Trumka’s high deputy, the primary lady elected to the place of secretary-treasurer, and the youngest lady ever on the federation’s government council.
The AFL-CIO’s government officers’ phrases run by June 2022, when delegates to a conference in Philadelphia will elect leaders for brand spanking new four-year phrases.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Extra reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Enhancing by Dan Grebler and Jane Wardell)