AFGE congratulates Liz Shuler on being elected president of the AFL-CIO, a coalition of 56 unions representing 12.5 million members.
Shuler was elected by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Aug. 20. She’s the first woman to serve as AFL-CIO president in the history of the labor movement.
“As AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, Liz Shuler has been an unwavering ally of AFGE members for many years – joining us at union conventions, labor rallies, and organizing events to support the federal and D.C. government workers we represent,” said AFGE President Everett Kelley. “Her election as the first woman to lead the AFL-CIO is truly a historic and well-deserved achievement.”
Shuler, who previously served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, succeeded Richard Trumka, who passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 5.
Shuler vowed to move the labor movement forward.
“I am humbled, honored and ready to guide this federation forward,” Shuler said after her election. “I believe in my bones the labor movement is the single greatest organized force for progress. 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 in our economy, and to be the center of gravity for incubating new ideas that will unleash unprecedented union growth.”
The AFL-CIO Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer. He makes history as the first African American to serve as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer.
In addition to the elections of Shuler and Redmond, AFGE District 10 National Vice President Cheryl Eliano was elected as one of 55 vice presidents on the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
“Fred also has been a long-time supporter of AFGE, joining us at our human rights conferences and speaking out in support of the issues that matter most for our members,” Kelley added. “As members of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, Cheryl and I look forward to working with Liz and Fred in their new roles to continue advancing the labor movement and strengthening our service to working people across the nation.”