First woman elected to head a national union federation in US labour history

Instead of eating lunch, the Leadership Council of the Change to Win coalition met for the first time. They added three people to their group, as the constitution provides. And they confirmed Edgar Romney and Anna Burger as the Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the new federation, according to a report now being presented by James Hoffa of the Teamsters.
As Hoffa points out, this is the first time that a major union federation in America has elected a woman as its head, and Romney is the highest ranked African-American in the history of the labour movement in the USA.

One Response to “First woman elected to head a national union federation in US labour history”

  1. Mike Hargis Says:

    Actually, the IWW members elected Kathleen Taylor as its General Secretary-Treasurer in 1976 and 1977; Carlo Mason in 1981; and, Alexis Buss in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. So it it not true that the CtW is the first union federation in the USA to elect a woman as its “leader”. The IWW has also had many women serve as chairperson of its General Executive Board as well.