Liz Shuler First Woman, First IBEW Member Elected AFL-CIO President
A self-described worker bee, Liz Shuler never envisioned leading the American labor movement. But it happened anyway. Her history-making journey started nearly 30 years ago at Portland, Ore., Local 125, took her to IBEW headquarters in Washington, D.C., and then to the AFL-CIO as secretary-treasurer in 2009. Today she is the federation’s first woman president and has pledged that it will organize more than 1 million new members over the next decade.