Liz Shuler Makes History as First Woman to Lead AFL-CIO

Friday, August 20, 2021

United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) General President Mark McManus congratulated new AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on her historic election today, where she will also bring decades of building trades experience as she leads the American labor movement:

“Liz Shuler is a tireless champion for working families like those in the United Association, and her election today as the first woman to lead the AFL-CIO is a historic step for organized labor,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “Liz comes from a building trades family, where her father was a lineman with IBEW Local 125. Herself an IBEW Local 125 member, Liz has never forgotten where she came from.”

“As Secretary-Treasurer, she worked side by side with Rich Trumka to fight for workers’ rights, protect the dignity of work, and ensure all working families had a fair shot at the middle class. The entire United Association is thrilled to see Liz carry on Brother Trumka’s legacy and lead the AFL-CIO to new heights. With Liz at the helm, America’s working families are in good hands.”