On Sunday afternoon, delegates to the AFL-CIO 28th Constitutional Convention in St. Louis unanimously elected Richard Trumka (UMWA) as president, Liz Shuler (IBEW) as secretary-treasurer and Tefere Gebre (UFCW) as executive vice president. Additionally, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech was elected as one of 55 vice presidents to serve on the national Executive Council for a four-year term. As one of only two state federation presidents to serve on the board, which consists predominantly of union international presidents, this election is both an honor and a testament to the unparalleled work of the New Jersey state labor movement.
“I am humbled and honored to immediately begin serving as a national AFL-CIO Vice President, and I look forward to the opportunity to build a national labor movement that is stronger and more durable than ever before,” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “I fulfill this role not only with pride and the greatest sense of responsibility to working families across this nation, but also with a deep gratitude for the union members of New Jersey, whose work and solidarity has made this possible.”
The AFL-CIO Executive Council guides the daily work of the AFL-CIO which is the umbrella labor federation representing 12.5 million working people nationwide. President Charles Wowkanech continues to lead the New Jersey State AFL-CIO that represents more than one million union members and their families in New Jersey.