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Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

August 5, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

The labor movement lost a great champion today.

Rich was tireless fighter for working people. As the youngest president of the United Mine Workers of America, Rich reformed the union and fought for safe working conditions for miners. During his time with the AFL-CIO, first as secretary-treasurer and then as president, Rich represented millions of hardworking men and women in organized labor. In Congress, I worked closely with Rich to promote fair trade deals for American workers, including replacing the disastrous North American Free Trade Agreement. In every negotiation, Rich was a clear voice for all workers, whether they were in a union or not. Through all of his work, he strengthened the labor movement and worked to build an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy or big corporations.

Rich will always be remembered as a fighter for the working class. I will miss him greatly. Jennifer and I extend our deepest condolences to Rich’s wife, Barbara, and the entire Trumka family.”