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Sibal Holt
Former Head of the Louisiana AFL-CIO

Sibal Holt retired from the AFL-CIO in March 2005, after serving the state's largest union for 31 years. In 2004, she became the first African-American woman in the country to run a state-level AFL-CIO. Prior to her election as the union's president, Holt served as its secretary-treasurer.

Holt, a native of New Orleans, graduated from LSU with a degree in English. She completed a two-year course in leadership at Auburn University.

She was a protege of former union president Victor Bussie, serving as his personal assistant from 1975 until he retired in 1997. She served as the union's secretary-treasurer until 2004, succeeding former president Red Bourg shortly after his death Oct. 30 of that year.

Current Topic


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?

Recent Topics


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

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