On June 14, the UFCW celebrated the AFL-CIO’s election of the most diverse leadership team to ever lead the labor federation to a full term.
President Liz Shuler is the first woman to ever hold the highest position in the AFL-CIO and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond is the first African-American to hold the second-highest position in the federation. Their election at this year’s AFL-CIO convention means they will serve a full four-year term in these leadership roles, after having previously been elected to fill the remainder of the late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s term last year.
“AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond have proven themselves to be fierce advocates for working families through their decades of service in the labor movement,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone in a statement. “In this incredibly energized moment in labor history, their vision and commitment to the fight is going to help us grow the movement and help build a stronger future for working people everywhere.”
“After two years of confronting a global pandemic, there has never been a more important time for essential workers,” Perrone added. “With Liz Shuler and her historic leadership team, the 1.3 million members of the UFCW have a tireless partner in our fight for improved wages, safer workplaces, and a better life for our members and their families. Working together, we will build a better future for all workers and hard-working families.”