Detroit – Christopher Shelton was elected the new president of the Communications Workers of America by acclamation of delegates to the union’s 75th convention.
He succeeds Larry Cohen who stepped down after serving as president for ten years and spending 39 years organizing and working in CWA.
Since 2005, Shelton has served as vice president of CWA District 1, representing more than 160,000 members in New Jersey, New York and New England.
A Bronx, N.Y., native, Shelton started his union career when he went to work for New York Telephone in 1968 as an outside technician. He was elected a CWA Local 1101 shop steward in 1968 and held several offices in the local before joining the union’s national staff.