Jorge Ramirez was elected President of the Chicago Federation of Labor in 2010. He previously served as Secretary-Treasurer. Prior to joining the CFL in 2006, Jorge was elected Vice President and served as Executive Director of Local 1546 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, representing nearly 30,000 members in Chicago and throughout Illinois.
Since 2008, Jorge has served on the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board of Directors as Vice-Chairman. In 2012, he was named to the Chicago Infrastructure Trust board and the Cook County President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Choose Chicago, Navy Pier, Inc. and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. He serves as co-chairman of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council and as a member of the National Manufacturing Renaissance Campaign design team. Jorge also serves on the boards of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Immigrant Affairs and a number of other civic and community organizations on behalf of the working men and women of Chicago and Cook County.
Jorge received a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and graduated as a student scholarship athlete from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1993 with a double major in marketing and computer information systems and a four-year letterman in football. The son of Mexican immigrants, Ramirez attended St. Anthony High School Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. Jorge and his wife, Catrina, have four sons.