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N.C. AFL-CIO Elects First Woman President

September 24, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Atlantic Beach, N.C.—The North Carolina State AFL-CIO unanimously elected MaryBe McMillan president Sept. 15. McMillan, the state federation’s secretary-treasurer since 2005, will be its first woman leader. She succeeds James Andrews, who is stepping down as president after more than 40 years in North Carolina’s labor movement. McMillan, born in Hickory, got involved with labor as a student at Wake Forest University, and is a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 465 in Durham. She came to the state federation after working for the AFL-CIO’s Union Community Fund. She “has spearheaded the cause of getting national and international unions to invest in and organize the South,” the federation said in a statement. Read more

September 24, 2017