Pelosi Statement on Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

August 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“The Congress and Country are shocked and heartbroken by the passing of an unsurpassed titan of labor: Richard Trumka.  Personally and officially, I am greatly saddened by his passing, which is a great loss for the men and women of labor, and indeed, for all hard-working Americans.

“Richard Trumka dedicated his life to the labor movement and the right to organize, from his work as an attorney for the United Mine Workers of America to his decades-long leadership of the AFL-CIO.  Richard’s leadership transcended a single movement, as he fought with principle and persistence to defend the dignity of every person – whether speaking out against apartheid and discrimination abroad or fighting bigotry and racism here at home.  His courage in speaking truth to power made a difference for millions and made him a cherished ally in our mission to advance the health, financial security and well-being of working families.

“Richard Trumka’s life was a testament to the power of organizing and mobilizing for progress, and his leadership leaves a legacy of inspired advocacy for workers.  May it be a comfort to his wife Barbara, their loved ones and the millions of men and women of AFL-CIO that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”