Our brother and leader Richard Trumka passed away on August 5, 2021, at the age of 72.
The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend. Rich 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.
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.
“President Trumka has been an advocate and friend of the BRS for decades. He has spoken at many of our Conventions, and his legendary leadership will be missed,” said BRS President Jerry Boles.
Richard Trumka's Biography ( 1949–2021)