WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees congratulates AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker for their historic election this week to lead the federation of 57 national and international labor unions.
“While bringing new knowledge and new perspective to the AFL-CIO, Rich Trumka, Arlene Holt Baker and Liz Shuler bring years of experience to the table that will help usher in a new era for labor,” commented AFGE National President John Gage.
“Having known Richard Trumka, Liz Shuler and Arlene Holt Baker for years, I know they have the ability and skills to strengthen and unify America’s labor movement in the coming years. AFGE welcomes the new AFL-CIO executive team,” concluded Gage.
AFGE National President Gage and National Vice President Roy Flores also were elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council which guides the work of the 11.5 million member federation. The AFL-CIO Executive Council consists of a chief officer of each affiliated union and the trade and industrial departments created by the AFL-CIO constitution and four regional representatives of the state federations.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.