Statement on Death of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka

The Texas AFL-CIO mourns AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, who died today at age 72. 

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar issued this statement:

“The officers and staff of the Texas AFL-CIO are devastated and heartbroken at news of the sudden passing of Rich Trumka.” 

“Rich brought a deep passion for worker justice and fighting spirit cultivated in the coal mines of Pennsylvania to world prominence as the leader of the American labor movement. His belief in unions as the best possible way for all workers — everywhere — to achieve a voice on the job changed countless lives for the better.”

“Rich was a great friend to Texas working families. He visited Texas frequently and invested heavily in growing and building a bigger, broader Texas Labor Movement. Just last week, Rich opened our Constitutional Convention with a stirring call for solidarity in the fight for the rights of all workers everywhere, recognizing the critical role of Texas workers in that fight. He believed in the Texas Labor movement and we have done and will do our utmost to honor his trust and support.” 

  “Rich was also a personal friend to many of us, and as we mourn his passing, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the Trumka family, to the national labor federation and to workers everywhere.”