The AFL-CIO Executive Council on September 17 chose Liz Shuler, formerly secretary-treasurer, to become president of the national federation. The first woman to head the AFL-CIO, she will fill out the remainder of the term of President Richard Trumka, who died unexpectedly in July. The labor federation will choose a permanent president at its summer 2022 national convention. Shuler has indicated that she will run for the position.
The executive council also elected United Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer. He is the first African American to hold the post. Both he and Shuler reflect the changing nature of the labor movement which increasingly consists of women and non-white workers.