Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement mourning the death of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka:
“We are devastated by the news that AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka passed away at the age of 72. Rich was a giant in the labor movement, and his fierce dedication to working people left an indelible mark on this country. Though taken from us far too soon, his legacy will live on in the policies and principles for which he fought tirelessly.
“From his earliest days as a lawyer and then president of the United Mine Workers, through his most recent efforts to lead a massive mobilization to transform the American workplace through passage of the PRO Act and to secure major investments in our nation’s infrastructure, Rich was always fighting on behalf of America’s workers and a fairer economy. During the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, Rich’s powerful voice and leadership has helped ensure that workers receive the support and safety protections they need and that federal aid went to those who need it most: those working on the front lines to get the country through this crisis.
“Most importantly, Rich Trumka never forgot the core principles upon which the labor movement was built, and he always believed in the promise and opportunity that a strong, unified movement can bring to the country. He knew that there is nothing stronger than a force of millions of working people standing together and fighting for justice, security, and prosperity.
“Today we lost the voice of the labor movement, but his work has left us stronger and better prepared to meet the challenges of today’s economic and political environment. His vision and leadership will help guide us as we continue this fight.
“Rest in Power, Rich.”