Fred is the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO. On June 13, 2022, he was unanimously elected to the position as the highest ranking African American officer in the history of America’s labor movement. He was first elected to this position by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Aug. 20, 2021.
He filled the vacancy of the executive vice president position from March to June 2022 and has served on the federation’s Executive Council since 2008. Fred has served on the boards of directors of Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO; TransAfrica Forum; the Workers Defense League; the National Endowment for Democracy; the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Interfaith Worker Justice.
Since 2007, he has served as chair of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.