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The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Pay

Sisters and Brother,
Last week ended the third week of the North Dakota 2017 legislature. In the bills that came up, Labor won one, lost a few more and some are still tied. I have to admit that this legislature is a difficult one for working people’s issues. In every committee, we have only a few allies and a couple of neutrals, and the rest… It will be a difficult fight, but that just means that we have to try harder, and we will.

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Brothers and Sisters,
Last week the North Dakota Legislature was ramping up its efforts, and things don’t look good for working people across our state. A variety of bills are coming forward. Some threaten the rights of workers and their ability to collectively bargain, while others promise to help poor and working North Dakotans. Sadly we have only a limited ability to fight the former and promote the latter, but we will throw everything we have into the fight.

In addition to the North Dakota AFL-CIO Labor 2016 Endorsements, some great non-partisan voter guides have been prepared by trustworthy and respected organizations.

Voters may find the North Dakota League of Women Voters 2016 Voter Guide to be helpful in understanding the many measures that voters will see on their ballots this November.

North Dakota United Steelworker local 560 (USW 560) continutes to put pressure on Congress to stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership collected over 1100 petitions asking congress to stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, (TPP) a trade deal with 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim. The TPP is expected to have disasterous results for working people here and abroad if passed during the upcoming lame-duck congress.

AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, published a new column on Huffington Post. He writes how Hillary roots for working people and why working people are championing her in tonight's presidential debate.

“Women are more activist than men,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, “and understand that Clinton supports collective bargaining, raising the minimum wage and paid time off for illness and family care.” This year the AFL-CIO is targeting women as an individual voting group for the first time in a presidential race. Earlier this month 15,000 women, three times as many as expected, joined a conference call Shuler led to discuss strategies for convincing coworkers and relatives to vote for Clinton.