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WSLC: Richard Trumka’s passing is a monumental loss

Washington’s labor movement will honor his remarkable legacy by fighting to build back better — with unions


(Aug. 5, 2021) — The following statement was released today by Larry Brown and April Sims, President and Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, regarding the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at age 72. The WSLC is a state federation of the AFL-CIO.

The passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is a monumental loss for America’s union movement. For decades, he has served as the voice of America’s working families, calling out workplace injustices, wage and racial inequality, and fighting for better working conditions — and lives — for all. His legendary passion and devotion to the labor movement will never be forgotten. We are so grateful to have had the honor of hosting President Trumka for the Washington State Labor Council’s 2021 Convention two weeks ago, when he inspired union delegates from across our state by proclaiming:

“This is our moment. This is our calling. To provide a better life for our families… because that’s what labor unions have always done. I’ve lived it. I’m here because of it. We know who we are and we’re ready for our date with destiny.”

We will honor President Trumka’s remarkable legacy by continuing the fight to building back our economy better and stronger — with unions.


The AFL-CIO released the following statement earlier this morning:

“The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend today. 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. 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. Rich was loved and beloved. Today, the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO mourn the passing of our fearless leader and commit to honoring his legacy with action. Standing on Rich’s shoulders, we will pour everything we have into building an economy, society and democracy that lifts up every working family and community.”

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