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    An official at the AFL‑CIO is no more, at least not officially.

    The AFL‑Com’s Office of Professional Employees confirmed on Tuesday that the union’s top official for public policy, Catherine L. McGinty, was no longer in her position.

    The union announced her retirement in a statement, saying it was “in recognition of the important role she has played in advancing the AFL’s agenda of increasing union representation and advancing our members’ rights.”

    “The AFL has always believed that union members deserve a voice in their workplace, and that union representation is a key element of our efforts to promote a fair and just society in which everyone has a voice,” the union said.

    The AFL did not provide a reason for McGintys departure, but she is the highest-ranking union official to resign in the last two years.

    McGinty was first elected in 2016, and became union president in January.

    She served in the position for eight months before resigning to take a position at the Center for American Progress, an organization that advocates for a strong and prosperous American economy.

    More:McGaughy served as the union president from January 2016 until May 2020, when she stepped down amid an investigation into whether she improperly accepted $15 an hour pay to lobby for union contracts in Washington state.

    McGoughy had been a labor organizer since the 1980s, and had been in the AFL since 1995.

    The union had not previously been a supporter of a woman as the top union official.

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