Sean Savett is a media outreach fellow and blogger at the AFL-CIO.

OC Labor Leader Tefere Gebre Elected as AFL-CIO’s New Executive Vice President

Sean Savett

Delegates at the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention elected Tefere Gebre as the AFL-CIO’s new executive vice president this afternoon. Gebre was nominated to succeed Arlene Holt Baker after she announced her retirement in July.

Gebre’s election signifies a generational shift in leadership as the labor movement increases its outreach to immigrants and young workers. Gebre is 45 years old and an Ethiopian political refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager.