CWA Statement on the AFL-CIO’s New Historic Leadership Team

Friday, August 20, 2021

Today’s historic appointment of Liz Shuler as the next president of the federation, the first woman to hold the office, and United Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold this position, by the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council is welcome news to all CWA members and the entire labor movement. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

“For more than a decade Liz Shuler and former President Trumka worked hand in hand to guide the AFL-CIO,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “The diversity of the new leadership team is a sign of progress for our movement. I have absolute faith in their ability to continue to fight for the dignity of all workers.”

“Liz Shuler has dedicated her career to fighting for the protection of the rights of working families,” said CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens. “As a trailblazer for women and young workers, her appointment will be an inspiration to a new generation of leaders in the labor movement and beyond.”

Congratulations to President Liz Shuler and the AFL-CIO’s new historic leadership team.

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