Long time president of AFL-CIO passes away, leaving a remarkable history of passionate trade union leadership

  • August 7, 2021


Long time President of the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations ( AFL-CIO) passes on. Our sincere condolences to Richard’s family and all those who knew him.

” The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend today,” AFL-CIO communications director Tim Schlittner said in a statement. “Rich Trumka devoted his life to working people, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement.”


We’ve lost one of the nation’s fiercest, most effective advocates for working people ever,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in a statement. “From his earliest days working in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, Rich has lived the values of the labor movement with the greatest passion and purpose. He has touched and improved so many lives.”


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