Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement of congratulations to Elizabeth H. Shuler on her election as President of the AFL-CIO and to Fred Redmond on his election as AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. AFL-CIO Officers were elected at the AFL-CIO’s 29th Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
“Congratulations to AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler who is steering our fierce labor movement towards a bold, bright and cutting-edge future. As a long-time IBEW member, President Shuler has marched alongside Wisconsin workers and has repeatedly been on the ground over the years to listen with and engage workers from all backgrounds. Her steadfast passion for advancing the rights of all working people is unmatched. She brings a breadth of experience in organizing, mobilizing, and bringing workers together to fight for and ensure safe, good union jobs for this generation and the next. There is no one better to build the movement to meet the moment.
I also congratulate Fred Redmond of the United Steelworkers union on his election as AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. Redmond has been a United Steelworkers (USW) member since 1973, when he went to work at Reynolds Metals Co. in Chicago. Brother Redmond is a long-time champion of workers’ rights, civil rights, and voting rights. This AFL-CIO leadership team is ready to unleash the power of collective bargaining to combat income inequality and build our middle class.”