Richard Trumka Photo
Photo courtesy of the AFL-CIO.

On Thursday, August 5, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passed suddenly at the age of 72. Richard was one of our nation’s fiercest, most effective advocates for working people, from his days as a rank-and-file Mineworker to his AFL-CIO presidency beginning in 2009.

From workplace safety to racial justice to retirement security to labor law reform and so much more, Richard never relented in the fight to ensure that working people are able to have lives of dignity and security.

We are grateful for his leadership and for commitment to fighting for working families. We send our deepest condolences to Barbara, Rich Jr. and his entire family.

As collective bargaining rights across the country come under attack, we continue to fight in Richard’s memory. Together, we can honor his legacy by moving towards a fairer world for all workers.

May he rest in power.