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Elizabeth H. Shuler

President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Biography

Elizabeth H. Shuler is president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of 57 unions, 12.5 million working people across all sectors of the U.S. economy. She is the first woman to hold the office of president in the history of the labor federation. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is a powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. Her leadership has focused on the future of work, clean energy economy, workforce development, and empowering women and young workers. She is committed to leveraging the labor movement’s diversity and power to advance social and economic justice, and to making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere.