Elected by acclamation in 2005, Fred Redmond took office as the USW’s International Vice President (Human Affairs) on March 1, 2006.
Redmond joined the Steelworkers union when he went to work at Reynolds Metals Co. in McCook, Ill. in 1973. He became an active member of Local 3911 almost immediately, serving as shop steward, grievance committee member and chairman and vice-president. He served three terms as president of the local.
In 1996, Redmond was appointed to the International staff and serviced locals in 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, USW District Director Jim Robinson appointed Redmond as Assistant Director of District 7, where he served until his election as International Vice President for Human Affairs.
In addition to his regular union duties, Redmond serves as chairman of the USW Container Industry Conference and coordinates bargaining for the USW Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Public Employees sectors.
On May 31, 2007, Redmond was elected to the board of directors for Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. On July 8, 2010, he was appointed to the board of directors of the TransAfrica Forum. He is the Regional 6 representative for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU). Redmond also has served on the AFL-CIO Executive Council since 2008.
On August 3, 2007, Redmond was elected by unanimous assent to the position of chairman of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) at the group’s 38th national conference in Oakland, Calif.
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