Rich Trumka

In the wake of the devastating news of the death of Richard Trumka, a union giant, brother and friend, we stand in solidarity and support of Rich’s family and the US labour movement.

Rich served from 1995 as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer and since 2009 as its president. He was already a living legend among the members of his beloved United Mine Workers of America and knew firsthand the hardships and the danger of this work.

The son of immigrants, Rich was also a great internationalist, and his leadership within the ITUC and as president of TUAC spanned more than two decades. Throughout his life, he was a tireless advocate and campaigner for workers’ rights and the values of inclusion, equality, fairness and democracy that are at the heart of the trade union movement.

The loss of Rich Trumka is an immense blow to the union movement internationally. The ITUC expresses our deepest condolences to his family and all those with whom he worked. He will be sorely missed.

Messages of condolence may be sent to [email protected].