- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) - The president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO for the past 20 years is retiring, and the longtime second-in-command of the state umbrella organization for unions is succeeding him.

Delegates to the state AFL-CIO convention elected MaryBe McMillan unanimously Friday as president. James Andrews chose not to seek re-election after more than 40 years in the labor movement. McMillan has been secretary-treasurer since 2005. The Hickory native has led the federation’s day-to-day operations. The group decided previously to consolidate the two positions this year.

Gov. Roy Cooper addressed the convention Thursday and gave the 68-year-old Andrews the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor.

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There are more than 100,000 union members in North Carolina, with the vast majority in unions affiliated with the state AFL-CIO.

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