Illinois AFL-CIO President Carrigan planning to retire

Illinois Correspondent

Springfield, IL – Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan told the state Federation’s executive board on Jan. 24 that he will retire on or before Jan. 1, 2020.

Carrigan has been an officer with the Illinois AFL-CIO for 19 years and president since 2007.

He graduated from MacMurray College in 1976 before working as a journeyman wireman in Decatur. He then served in leadership at IBEW Local 146, including eight years as business manager.

Carrigan also served his community as a public official, winning election to the Decatur City Council in 1995 and serving nearly four terms before being appointed mayor of Decatur in 2008 to serve out the remaining term of the retiring mayor.

At the national level, Carrigan was appointed to serve on the National AFL- CIO State Federation and Central Labor Council Advisory Committee. He was recently awarded the title of Roving Ambassador for Peace by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council.

For the last six years at the regional level, Carrigan has been chairman of the 13-state AFL-CIO Central Regions State Federation Organization. He just completed his third and final term.

At the state level, Carrigan is co-chair of the State Building and Construction Trades Committee, a member of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Council Executive Board and in 2005 was appointed to serve on the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board.

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