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Shuler Wins AFL-CIO Presidency, First Woman Elected to Role (1)

June 12, 2022, 9:28 PMUpdated: June 12, 2022, 9:48 PM

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler won election to a four-year term at the federation’s national convention Sunday, solidifying her spot at the helm of the US labor movement.

Delegates from the federation’s member unions selected Shuler, who was elevated to the job after Richard Trumka died unexpectedly last year. She ran unopposed.

Shuler is now the first woman formally elected AFL-CIO president at a time when labor is becoming less male and White. But she also faces steep challenges, including a steady decline in union membership rates despite a surge in new organizing at major companies such as Apple Inc. and Inc.

Delegates also elected Fred Redmond secretary treasurer, the first Black person to hold the federation’s No. 2 spot.

(Updated with election results for Fred Redmond as secretary treasurer.)

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