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Labor Leader Phil Neuenfeldt Dies

Longtime former head of Wisconsin AFL-CIO ran union in tough times.

By - Nov 6th, 2018 11:09 am
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In this file photo taken Feb. 23, 2016, Phil Neuenfeldt, center, fights the Republican "right to work" bill. Neuenfeldt, the longtime former head of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at his home. Photo by Shawn Johnson/WPR.

In this file photo taken Feb. 23, 2016, Phil Neuenfeldt, center, fights the Republican “right to work” bill. Neuenfeldt, the longtime former head of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at his home. Photo by Shawn Johnson/WPR.

Phil Neuenfeldt, the longtime former head of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, died Sunday at his home, according to a statement from the labor group.

Neuenfeldt was 67, according to his Facebook profile.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported he’d been fighting cancer.

Neuenfeldt retired in September after 32 years with the AFL-CIO, including the last eight years as president.

In that time the number of union members in the state dropped by roughly a third. Lawmakers passed Act 10, which sharply limited collective bargaining rights for public workers, as well as the law known as “right to work.”

Despite the drop in union members, Neuenfeldt told WPR’s “The Morning Show” in September that he was optimistic about the future of unions.

“We’re seeing more and more people come to the realization that as unions have come under attack that it’s not just affected union members’ paychecks, but it’s affected their paychecks,”  Neuenfeldt told “The Morning Show.”

Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale said in a statement that Neuenfeldt “embodied the vision and values of organized labor.”

The union said funeral and memorial arrangements will be announced at a later time.

Longtime Wisconsin Labor Leader Phil Neuenfeldt Dies was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

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