History Made: Texas AFL-CIO Salutes Liz Shuler On Her Election as AFL-CIO President

Fred Redmond Makes History as New Secretary-Treasurer

  The Texas AFL-CIO congratulated Liz Shuler and Fred Redmond on their election today to the highest offices in the national labor movement.

  The AFL-CIO Executive Council elected Shuler as President, succeeding the late Rich Trumka. She becomes the first woman to lead the national labor federation. Redmond, who had served as International Vice President with the United Steelworkers union, was elected Secretary-Treasurer, becoming the first African-American to hold the office. The interim terms run through June 2022.

  “The Texas AFL-CIO congratulates Liz Shuler and Fred Redmond on their elections to the top positions at the AFL-CIO,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We have been blessed to get to know both these trail-blazing leaders.”

  “We have counted Liz Shuler as a close friend during her time as Secretary-Treasurer,” Levy said. “We have marched and advocated on Texas streets with Liz in the cause of a fair shot for all Texans. When Hurricane Harvey struck, it was Liz Shuler who came to Texas and brought national resources to help working families whose lives had been turned upside-down. Liz believes, as do we, that when we change Texas, we will change the U.S., and when we change the U.S., we will change the world.” 

  “Fred Redmond has graced our Convention with his powerful oratory and we knew of him before that through his friendship in the Steelworkers with the late Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick. Fred is a standout advocate for civil rights and racial justice who always connects those topics to economic inequality and the sorry state of labor rights.”

  “In this time of transition,” Levy said, “we are very heartened that our Brother Tefere Gebre will retain his leadership role as Executive Vice President. Tefere’s vision of the labor movement resonates with our own, and we will continue to look to him to guide our work.”

  “The Texas AFL-CIO looks forward to building a bigger, bolder, broader labor movement with all of these outstanding leaders.”

  Background from AFL-CIO: https://bit.ly/380TAu0

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