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Company Overview of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

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American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a federation of 60 national and international labor unions that represents over 13 million working women and men. The main purpose of the AFL-CIO is to bring fairness and dignity to the workplace and secure social and economic equity. The organization was created in 1955 by the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The organization is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.

815 16th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20006-4101

United States

Founded in 1955





Key Executives for American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Age: 67
President of Minnesota
Age: 66
Member of Executive Council
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Key Developments

Joslyn (Josh) Williams to Retire in February as President of AFL-CIO

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Joslyn (Josh) Williams will retire in February after serving for 34 years as president of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, was for her a twin loss - of a man who built the local and regional labor movement into one of the most effective and influential in the nation, and of a personal friend, who has been a close partner since Norton came to Congress 25 years ago. The Metropolitan Washington Council is composed of 180 local unions representing 150,000 union members in D.C. and Maryland.

AFL-CIO Announces Executive Appointments

AFL-CIO announced the addition of four new members to its Executive Council: Chris Shelton, president of CWA; Lonnie Stephenson, president of IBEW; Joe Sellers, general president of SMART; and Eric Dean, general president of the Ironworkers. Chris Shelton, President, Communications Workers of America President Shelton started working for New York Telephone in 1968 and was elected a shop steward shortly after. He most recently served as Vice President of CWA District 1, representing more than 160,000 members in New Jersey, New York, and New England. President Shelton was elected president of CWA in June. Lonnie Stephenson, President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Stephenson was elected earlier this summer. He was previously IBEW's International Vice President in the Midwest. Joe Sellers, General President, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers General President Joe Sellers began his career in 1980 as an apprentice in Local 19 in Philadelphia, PA. He served as training coordinator and business representative before becoming president and business manager, and was elected General President of SMART in May of 2015. Eric Dean, General President, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union - General President Eric Dean was elected earlier this month. He previously served as General Secretary for the Ironworkers.

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