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September 18, 2009
Christina Erling
202-639-6419

AFGE Congratulates Newly Elected AFL-CIO Officers

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.

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