• John C. Truesdale, the longtime executive secretary of the National Labor Relations Board, died of cancer at the age of 89. Truesdale served in multiple top NLRB posts, including as a member of the board four times over a 20-year period, and as chairman of the agency.
  • Joseph Nigro, the general secretary-treasurer of the Sheet Metal Workers since 2006, succeeded Michael Sullivan as general president of the union. Nigro follows Michael Sullivan, who was the union’s president for the last 12 years. Joseph Sellers, the business manager of the Philadelphia-based Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, was elected as general secretary-treasurer.
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) delegates re-elected President Larry Cohen to a third term, and elected Annie Hill to the secretary-treasurer position, formerly held by Jeff Rechenbach. In an effort to save costs, Hill’s former position as executive vice president was eliminated, under a change to the CWA constitution approved by CWA delegates. CWA plans to continue to focus on strategies for building the union through local leadership and strategic industries funds such as its “Speed Matters” campaign, which promotes affordable high-speed internet for all Americans. CWA’s organizing priority for 2011 includes T-Mobile USA.