August 28, 2021

The American Labor Museum congratulates new AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond

Haledon, New Jersey - The American Labor Museum congratulates Elizabeth H. Shuler on her election as the first woman president of the AFL-CIO and Fred Redmond as the first Africah-American to serve as secretary-treasurer.

THe National AFL-CIO Executive Council on Friday, August 20, 2021 elected Acting President and Secretary-Treasurer Shuler, an IBEW sister, to complete the term of Richard L. Trumka, who passed away on August 5th.  Redmond, the international vice president for human affairs of the United Steelworkers, will complete Shuler's term as secretary-treasurer.  Bot terms continue until June 2022, the next scheduled election of national officers.

"Liz Shuler is making history once again," NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech said, noting that in 2009 President Shuler was the first woman elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO.  "Whether she was at the negotiating table or on the picket line, she has always displayed her lifelong commitment to excellence and activism.  And her record of strong, progressive compassionate leadership for every sector of labor promises stability for our movement and for every working family in America."

"Fred Redmond, likewise, is making history," President Wowkanech said.  "He battled economic insecurity and protected voting rights in his position with the Steelworkers, and he is recognized as a titan in the civil rights movement."

"President Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Redmond are fully focused on the importance of organizing, which will create jobs for the future, especially in the emerging green economy," President Wowkanech said.

"Liz Shuler's election brings a transformative perspective to the presidency," New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan said.  "She is committed to empowering union women.  And she is committed to diversity and equality, to young workers, and to eliminating the income inequality that threatens the American dream for far too many people."

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ.  It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.  The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibit, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events.  The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM.  The Museum is open to on-site visitors Wed.-Sat. 1-4PM and by appointment.  Virtual tours via ZOOM are offered by appointment.