Arlene Holt Baker, Champion For Working Families, Retires
On Friday, August 22nd, Arlene Holt Baker, Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO officially took off her boxing gloves. She is clear that as a daughter of a domestic worker she will always remain a champion for the rights of working families, but with more than three decades as a labor leader, she has retired to the comforts of family life. Arlene was indeed a warrior for justice. She began her career as a union organizer on Western Ave in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and ascended to be the first African American Executive Vice-President of AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 national and international unions representing more than 11 million workers. She helped to nurture Emerald Cities during its embryonic stage. We will miss her but wish her well.