Richard Trumka, the longtime president of the AFL-CIO, died on Thursday at the age of 72, the labor organization announced.
Trumka’s death was noted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor during his morning speech. “The working people of America have lost a fierce warrior at a time when we needed him most,” Schumer said.
“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,” AFL-CIO Communications Director Tim Schlittner said in a statement. “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.”
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
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