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“Solidarity Brother” Tevita Uhatafe was interviewed on national television as he visited yet another American picket line.

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Our new National AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler, told union leaders on August 26, “Labor Day is the day that we raise our voices!”

 AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler

The executive council of the AFL-CIO held a special meeting last week to name their next leader, following the death of the labor federation’s longtime president, Richard Trumka. For the first time in the organization’s history, they chose a woman. Liz Shuler, 51, had served as the federation’s second-in-command under Trumka since they were elected together in 2009. Despite the sad and unusual circumstances of the succession ― Trumka died on Aug.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to proceed with President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution, along with the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Build Back Better agenda contains many of the labor movement’s priorities, including growing Medicare, expanding sick leave and child care, increasing investments in education and combating climate change. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will expand voting rights across the country.

The first woman to lead the biggest U.S. labor federation wants even more women as decision-makers in a labor movement that is becoming less male and less white.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Liz Shuler, the newly elected president of the AFL-CIO, about her goals for the organization and the future of the labor movement.

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Newly elected AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discusses the future of the labor movement.

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The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

At the August 19 monthly meeting of the Dallas AFL-CIO, members of the Labor Day Breakfast planning committee talked about plans to further enhance the experience. On a motion from Rena Honea, President of Alliance/AFT, the Council decided that the 2021 Labor Day breakfast must be virtual. The rising COVID virus has made large indoor gatherings a safety hazard.

Firebrand activist Travis Cantwell said that the speakers will be “really amazing!” One of them is the National President of the American Postal Workers Union! They are in negotiations with far-reaching consequences.