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Maine AFL-CIO Elects First Female President, An IBEW Member

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The Maine AFL-CIO’s 30th biennial convention became a historic event last week when a woman was elected president of the labor organization for the first time.  Cynthia Phinney of Livermore Falls will now head the 160-union, 40,000-worker group. 

Phinney is the first women elected to the position, but not the first to serve.  That honor went to Gwen Gatcomb, who was interim president after Charles O’Leary stepped down from the position in 1999.  

Phinney is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1837, which covers Maine and New Hampshire.  From 2003 to 2010 she served as a labor representative on the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission.  Prior to becoming president she was an at large member of the Executive Board.


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