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Elizabeth H. Shuler

  • Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
  • Member, Rework America

Elizabeth Shuler is the current Secretary-Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer of the AFL-CIO, one of three top-level officers for the Federation. The first ever woman elected to the position in 2009, Shuler also holds the distinction of being the youngest officer ever to sit on the federation's Executive Council. Coming from Portland, Oregon, Shuler has been at the forefront of progressive labor initiatives like green job programs and the fight for workers’ rights for many years, starting as a political activist and an organizer at the local union level. Prior to her election as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Shuler worked her way up through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), from Local Union 125 in Portland, OR, to the Executive leadership at the International headquarters in Washington, DC. During her tenure at the IBEW international, Shuler specialized in government affairs, oversaw 11 major departments, and advised the International President on key policy issues. Today, as chief financial officer of the federation, Shuler oversees six administrative departments and is leading the federation’s young worker outreach initiative and repositioning efforts. Secretary-Treasurer Shuler also represents the AFL-CIO on various boards and committees, such as the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the Women’s Committee of the International Trade Union Confederation.