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AFL-CIO elects first woman president; first African-American for No. 2 job

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor organization, on Friday elected Liz Shuler, a longtime trade unionist, to serve as the federation’s first woman president, succeeding Richard Trumka, who died unexpectedly earlier this month. The AFL-CIO’s executive council also elected Fred Redmond, international vice president of the United Steelworkers (USW) union as secretary-treasurer, making him the first African- American to hold the organization’s No. 2 office. Trumka, who died of a heart attack at 72 during a camping trip with his grandsons, had led the trade federation of 56 …

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