Scott Statement on Passing of Richard Trumka

August 5, 2021
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC  Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO:

“The nation has lost one of its most fierce and effective champions for workers and their families. As a former coal miner, Richard Trumka deeply understood the power of the labor movement and the importance of defending workers’ right to organize. His commitment to improving the lives of workers and their families never waned and has inspired countless people from all walks of life.

“Up until his final days, Richard Trumka was rallying workers across the country, demonstrating the spirit and solidarity that defined his tenure as president of AFL-CIO. Every American worker – whether they are a union member, the child of a union member, or have never experienced a union at all – has benefited from his leadership.

“I send my deepest condolences to Richard Trumka’s family and loved ones as we mourn his sudden passing.” 

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