Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou is the new president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and the organization notes that she’s the first woman to head the group.
She’s also 30, younger than previous leaders.
She was elected to a four-year term by delegates from the federation’s more than 170 affiliated unions representing 75,000 west metro workers.
The federation notes that her election “reflects a growing nationwide commitment by AFL-CIO unions and federations to advance women and younger labor activists into leadership positions.”
She succeeds William McCarthy, who is now president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.
Glaubitz Gabiou joined the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation in 2012, working as political director, then as campaigns manager.
She started her work career as a clerk at Cub Foods and has been active in politican campaigns, including Sen. Al Franken’s first run for office.
She said in a statement:
“My top priority is supporting our affiliated unions and partner organizations in growing the labor movement. Our out-of-balance economy places extreme barriers to working people speaking up together.
“We can create policies that allow parents to have the time to care for a sick child. We can create policies that encourage family sustaining wages. We can choose to invest in education, infrastructure and domestic manufacturing. We need to make these choices at the national, state and local level. We need to make these choices in school boards and city halls throughout our region.”