Aug 20, 2021 - Economy & Business

Largest U.S. labor organization elects first female president

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New AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

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.

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.

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