For Immediate Release: February 2, 2021

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Passing of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson issued the following statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney:

“John Sweeney was a true giant of the American labor movement. He devoted his life to fighting for the dignity and respect of all working people. From deploying innovative tactics to organize janitors to leading the AFL-CIO to meet the challenges of the 21st century, he leaves behind an unmatched legacy of worker justice. Brother Sweeney joins other legendary labor leaders like Samuel Gompers, John Lewis and A. Philip Randolph in the pantheon of heroes of the American labor movement.  My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.”


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.