James Andrews Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council

James Andrews with President Barack Obama.

A new voice for state/local movement

Last Wednesday, August 4, 2010, the AFL-CIO Executive Council – the top governing body of the National AFL-CIO – elected five new members, including our own NC State AFL-CIO President, James Andrews, who will take one of two seats newly created to promote diversity and give greater voice to state and local labor leaders (see press release below).

James’ election speaks well of his leadership and the good work of our state federation. Congratulations, James!

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AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ELECTS FIVE NEW MEMBERS Council also thanks 3 departing members for service to the Labor Movement

(Washington, August 4) – Today the AFL-CIO Executive Council elected five new members to the council. The Executive Council also voted to add two seats to the council for the purpose of promoting and establishing diversity as well as giving a greater role to state and local labor leaders. The council is meeting this week in Washington to discuss plans for a major push in the fall elections, the response to the jobs crisis and strategies for organizing and outreach to young workers.

President Obama will address the council today.

The new members of the Executive Council include: Bob King, the newly elected UAW President; General Holiefield, UAW Vice President; Lee Saunders, the newly elected Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME; James Andrews, President of the North Carolina AFL-CIO; and Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO Executive Council is made up of the AFL-CIO President, Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Vice President, and 53 vice presidents.

The Council also thanked departing members – former UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and former UAN President Ann Converso for their service to working people.

“The new members of the Executive Council represent workers in all professions across the country who are working to make their workplaces and communities better,” said AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka. “I look forward to working with our new members who bring great experience, energy and new ideas to the AFL-CIO Executive Council and thank our departing members for their service to the labor movement.”