Richard L. Trumka
American Postal Workers Union
R. Thomas Buffenbarger
President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
President, Communications Workers of America
Leo W. Gerard
President, United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial & Service Workers International Union
Arlene Holt Baker
Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
John J. Sweeney
President Emeritus, AFL-CIO
Joslyn N. Williams
President, Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
John Sweeney Receives Medal of Freedom, Nation's Highest Civilian Honor.
February 15, 2011—AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor during a White House ceremony held February 15, 2011. Sweeney, who chairs the Solidarity Center Board of Trustees, served as president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009 and transformed the union movement into a voice for all working Americans. Under his leadership, the AFL-CIO led efforts to strengthen the middle class, create good jobs for all Americans, and fight corporate greed.