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The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Pay

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF), representing over 30,000 workers from across Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Sheila Gilmour and Doug Mayo for Greenfield City Council, and Glenn Johnson-Mussad, Kathryn Martini, and Elizabeth De Neeve for Greenfield School Committee.

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF), representing over 30,000 workers from across Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Joel McAuliffe for Chicopee City Council Ward 1; Mary Elizabeth Pniak-Costello for Chicopee City Council Ward 9; Shirley Arriaga for Chicopee City Council At-Large, and Tim Wagner for Chicopee School Committee Ward 1.  Endorsements are determined through a democratic process by which WMALF delegates from private- and public-sector unions in Hampshire County vote to endorse candidates based upon the research and recommendations of the W

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation (WMALF), representing over 30,000 workers from across Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce its endorsement of Anthony Russo and Tom Hendrickson for Agawam City Council.  Endorsements are determined through a democratic process by which WMALF delegates from private- and public-sector unions in Hampshire County vote to endorse candidates based upon the research and recommendations of the WMALF’s Committee on Political Education.

Marilyn Rosa from Carpenters local 336 speaks about the legacy of Carter G. Woodson.

This video is part of our series highlight events and people who have contributed to Black History and Labor.

Every Tuesday and Thursday this February we will have union members sharing reading that highlight events and people who have contributed to Black History and Labor.  
Today we hear from Lisa Clauson, organizer with Carpenters Local 336 to talk about the legacy of the Memphis Sanitation Strike. 
Every Tuesday and Thursday this February we will have union members sharing reading that highlight events and people who have contributed to Black History and Labor.  
Today we hear from Carolyn Almeida, member of SEIU 509 talking about union leader and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph. 

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discussed the economy and jobs with the Christian Science Monitor. She also reflected on becoming the first woman to lead the union. The organization’s previous president, Richard Trumka, passed away in August 2021. Other topics discussed included workers' rights legislation and the upcoming midterm elections. 

Watch the segment on C-SPAN.

The executive council of the AFL-CIO held a special meeting last week to name their next leader, following the death of the labor federation’s longtime president, Richard Trumka. For the first time in the organization’s history, they chose a woman. Liz Shuler, 51, had served as the federation’s second-in-command under Trumka since they were elected together in 2009. Despite the sad and unusual circumstances of the succession ― Trumka died on Aug.