Tennessee's Labor Movement Congratulates Newly-Elected AFL-CIO Officers
Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement after the official election of new AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond.
"Today, Liz Shuler has cemented her well-deserved place in labor history following her election as the first woman president of the AFL-CIO. For the past 12 years, she has been a powerful force for change on multiple issues at the national level, including the clean energy economy, empowering women and young workers, and much more. Liz has fully dedicated herself to ensuring that all working families know the benefits of having a union voice on the job, and we are confident that she is the person to lead the AFL-CIO’s 12.5 million members into the future at a critical time for the labor movement.
We are equally optimistic and enthusiastic about the election of Fred Redmond as the federation’s new secretary-treasurer. A proud and active United Steelworkers (USW) member for nearly 50 years, he has spent a great deal of time on several important initiatives, including protecting voting rights from extremist attacks and combating economic inequality. His steady, consistent leadership is already well-known throughout the USW and will be an asset to the AFL-CIO.
Former President Richard Trumka's goal was to build an economy and society that lifts up all workers and every community, and we are confident in the ability of these new leaders to carry on his legacy. We congratulate President Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Redmond wholeheartedly on their new roles and look forward to seeing their impact on working families, both in Tennessee and across the country."