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Senate Democrats’ statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

August 5, 2021

Delaware State Senate Majority Caucus
Contact: Scott Goss (302) 744-4180

The Delaware Senate Majority Caucus, led by Labor Committee Chair Jack Walsh, President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola, Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, and Majority Whip Elizabeth Lockman, have issued the following statement following the death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s death is a monumental loss for the U.S. labor movement.

A tireless warrior for our nation’s working men and women everywhere, Richard never shied away from holding corporate America or our nation’s elected officials accountable.

He was more than a leader. He was a living example of self-determination, having risen out of the mines of southeast Pennsylvania and the law libraries of Villanova University to become the youngest president of the United Mine Workers of America in history and later the head of the largest federation of unions in the United States.

In many ways, he was the conscience of our nation at a time when working families needed a fiery and passionate champion the most.

While we are saddened by his loss, the Senate Democrats remain as committed as ever to following his lead by continuing our fight to improve the lives of working families in the First State.”