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Washington, DC - Last week, Liz Shuler was elected as the first woman President of the AFL-CIO and Fred Redmond was elected as the first African American Secretary-Treasurer. Liz Shuler was formerly the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and Fred Redmond was formerly the United Steelworkers Vice President.
APALA Executive Director Alvina Yeh states, “Liz Shuler and Fred Redmond are powerful voices for working people. In 2009, Shuler spoke at the first national Asian American Pacific Islander Workers’ Rights Hearing that APALA and the AFL-CIO co-convened. Shuler’s IBEW roots and experience with organizing and advocating for working women is critical. Building on that work to organize workers of color is exactly what the labor movement needs right now. Fred Redmond’s experience with overseeing the United Steelworkers Civil and Human Rights Department provides a foundation for racial justice work that we are excited to build on with the AFL-CIO.”
Shuler and Redmond join Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre on the AFL-CIO Executive leadership team. We look forward to working with them to continue Richard Trumka’s legacy in the fight for working people.