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Fred Redmond
Fred Redmond is Vice President for Human Affairs of the United Steelworkers union.
Fred serves on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and is chairman of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.
Fred Redmond joined the United Steelworkers (USW) when he went to work at Reynolds Metals Company in McCook, Illinois, in 1973. He became an active member of Local 3911 almost immediately, serving as shop steward, grievance committee member and chairman, vice-president and three terms as president of his local union.
In 1996, Fred was appointed to the International Staff and serviced locals in USW District 7, in the Chicago area. In 1998, he was transferred to the union's International Headquarters in Pittsburgh, where he developed and conducted training programs for the union's Membership Development Department. He also reported to the President's Office, where he was assigned to coordinate special projects, including amalgamations and assisting local unions in developing by-laws.
In 2002, Fred became Assistant Director of USW District 7, where he served until his election as International Vice President for Human Affairs.
In addition to his regular union duties, Fred serves as Chairman of the USW Container Industry Conference and coordinates bargaining for the USW Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Public Employees Sector.
On May 31, 2007, Fred was elected to the Board of Directors for Working America, a Community Affiliate of the AFL-CIO. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and is the Regional 6 Representative for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU).
On August 3, 2007, Fred was elected by unanimous assent to serve as chairman of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute at the group’s 38th national conference in Oakland, Calif.

Entries by Fred Redmond

Hate Costs Workers Dearly

(9) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 8:11 AM

The GOP debate last week featured more immigrant bashing with the party’s front-runner, Donald Trump, reasserting his plan to construct a wall – this one a religious barrier preventing Muslims from getting into the country.

Trump has mocked a disabled journalist and Asian speech patterns, demonized undocumented

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Daimler Should Speak Up So Alabama Will Stand Down

(52) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 4:32 PM

This week I am in Germany with a delegation to ask Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz, to do the right thing and denounce Alabama's racially-charged anti-immigration law, HB 56.

The group, including La Raza, America's Voices and the AFL-CIO, will seek censure of the law from Daimler because of the impact...

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GOP Vilifies Workers Who Serve the Public

(38) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 6:08 PM

Government workers are the latest victims of a GOP smear campaign. Right-wing strategists have revived the tactic of false accusation in a vain attempt to keep voters from noticing that the policies of the current batch of Republican candidates mirror those of the batch who laid waste to our economy....

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Black History Month Challenge: A Youth-Led Jobs Revolution

(29) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 11:12 AM

On Feb. 1, 1960, when four African-American college students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., they ignited a youth-led movement to challenge racial segregation and injustice in the South.

The freshmen refused to stand and eat at the F.W. Woolworth counter as the policy of...

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Taking a Stand Against Hate: Hotels Bar American Renaissance

(55) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 3:01 PM

A Washington, D.C. area hotel last week closed its doors to a racist convention that had booked rooms under the benign-sounding name "American Renaissance" conference. Now all American hotels and conference centers should follow that lead, because in the U.S. renaissance means overcoming bigotry.

American Renaissance conducts a biannual conference...

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A Call to Arms for Civil Rights Activists

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 5:13 PM

Today I issued a call to arms to the civil rights activists of the United Steelworkers union.

This was no summons to warfare, though.

To the contrary, I challenged USW civil rights committee members to shield the downtrodden in society, to aid those felled by the...

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An AFL-CIO as Diverse as Workers

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 3:08 PM

A. Philip Randolph spoke up for civil rights at an AFL-CIO convention during a different era. It was a time when women who got pregnant were fired the moment they showed; one in which America practiced apartheid at water fountains, on buses, and in schools; one that hid people with...

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No Evidence Found that Colombia Suddenly FTA-Worthy

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 1:40 PM

Four hours into the New Year, a political activist who was also a well-known trade unionist was celebrating at a party in the town of Montoso when a political opponent stabbed him numerous times in the chest. As Adolfo Tique lay dead, his six children fatherless, police interrogated the assassin....

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USW Helps Empower Workers on Firestone Plantation in Liberia

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 4:11 PM

Just off the coast of Liberia, an African country founded by freed American slaves, is the largest rubber tree plantation in the world, where, until last month, Bridgestone Corp, a Fortune 500 company that pocketed a profit of $1.16 billion last year, paid its 10,300 workers between $2.65 and $3.38...

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