Trumka Takes Helm of AFL-CIO

By Sam Hananel | September 16, 2009 | 4:10 PM EDT
Pittsburgh (AP) - Union members have formally elected Richard Trumka as the AFL-CIO's first new president in 14 years.
 
Trumka is pledging to usher in a more aggressive style and push the nation's largest labor federation to boost membership.
 
He was uncontested in his bid to replace John Sweeney, who is stepping down. Trumka has been Sweeney's top deputy and previously headed the United Mine Workers.
 
Trumka was to deliver his acceptance speech later Wednesday to hundreds of delegates at the AFL-CIO's convention in Pittsburgh.
Union members have formally elected Richard Trumka as the AFL-CIO's first new president in 14 years.