Washington D.C. – Today, the AFL-CIO made history by electing Liz Shuler, an innovative leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as the federation’s first woman president. The executive council also selected Fred Redmond, international vice president of the United Steelworkers (USW) union to serve as secretary-treasurer, the first African-American to hold the No.2 office. Together with Tefere Gebre, who will continue as executive vice president, the new leadership team is the most diverse group to lead the AFL-CIO in its history.
In response to the historic election, Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement.
“Congratulations to Liz Shuler on her groundbreaking election, a well-deserved accomplishment, reflecting her tremendous experience and unwavering dedication to the organized labor movement. Liz is a visionary and uniter, whose ideas will help transform the movement during this critical time of global challenge. Her vision and perspective are vital to advancing the rights of our nation’s workforce and to tackling inequality, systemic racism, and other key issues. Having worked together, I have witnessed her commitment to the most vulnerable workers, including immigrant workers. We look forward to collaborating with her to advance the labor rights of all workers .”
Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.