Loss of a Leader: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
August 6, 2021
On Thursday August 5, 2021, we received word that AFL-CIO President and labor leader Richard Trumka passed away.
In a release from AFL-CIO, “The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend today. 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. He was a relentless champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered trade, democracy and so much more. He was also a devoted father, grandfather, husband, brother, coach, colleague and friend. Rich was loved and beloved. Today, the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO mourn the passing of our fearless leader and commit to honoring his legacy with action. Standing on Rich’s shoulders, we will pour everything we have into building an economy, society and democracy that lifts up every working family and community.”
Today, we have lost a Brother. His work to grow and support the labor movement of countless industries cannot begin to be measured. His success and memory will be cemented in history as one of labors greatest leaders and supporters. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we mourn the loss of this great man. We will continue the mission he left behind in honoring his legacy.