Retirees Applaud Election of Liz Shuler and Fred Redmond to lead the AFL-CIO

Statement of Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s election today of Liz Shuler as President of the AFL-CIO and of Fred Redmond to succeed Ms. Shuler as AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer:

“On behalf of retirees across the country, I want to congratulate Liz Shuler on her election as President of the AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond on his election as Secretary Treasurer.

“Both of their elections are historic and well deserved.

“President Shuler has done an outstanding job as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Alliance members have benefitted from her serving as our Executive Vice President. We worked together on the AFL-CIO’s Retirement Security Working Group, where she was a driving force in successfully battling to shore up failing multiemployer pension funds.

“Secretary-Treasurer Redmond has also made retirement security a focus of his career at USW and has served as the Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Older and Retired Workers Committee. He fought to protect USW members’ health care and pensions, and has made sure that retiree issues receive the attention they deserve.

“AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s untimely death on August 5 has left us with big shoes to fill. But with President Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Redmond leading the way, I am confident that the labor movement will work to ensure that retired union members, and all Americans, have the secure retirement they have earned after a lifetime of hard work.”


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