AFL-CIO elects first female president

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The largest U.S. labor organization on Friday elected Liz Shuler as its first female president.

The big picture: The AFL-CIO also elected Fred Redmond to serve as secretary-treasurer, making him the first Black person to hold the organization's No. 2 post.

Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.

State of play: Shuler is replacing Richard Trumka, who served as president from 2009 until his death earlier this month from a heart attack at the age of 72.

What they're saying: "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," Shuler said following her election.

Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting