Joyce D. Miller, who rose from an assembly line job to the top ranks of American labor as the first woman on the AFL-CIO executive council, died June 30 in Washington. She was 84.
The cause was a stroke, said her daughter, Rebecca Miller.
Miller was an advocate for women in the workplace for more than three decades. A divorced mother of three, she worked her way up to leadership positions in the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America during the 1960s and '70s. As the women's movement gathered strength, she helped found the Coalition of Labor Union Women in 1974 and became its president in 1977.
She was vice president of the clothing workers union in 1980 when she was...