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NC AFL-CIO Mourns Passing of Richard Trumka

Jeremy Sprinkle
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For Immediate Release

August 5, 2021

Statement by NC AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan on Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

(RALEIGH) — Today we mourn the passing of a great labor leader and champion for working people. Richard Trumka devoted his life to fighting for better pay, safer jobs, and a higher standard of living for all workers. From his leadership of the United Mineworkers to his presidency of the AFL-CIO, Pres. Trumka spent 50 years building a stronger, more powerful labor movement. He knew that by joining together in union, working people have the power to improve not only our working conditions but also our nation’s politics and its policies.

Today we commit to honoring Pres. Trumka’s legacy by continuing to fight for better policies for working people including the PRO Act. Pres. Trumka made it clear that all working people deserve dignity and respect on the job. We will keep fighting to make Pres. Trumka’s vision a reality so that all workers earn family-sustaining wages, work in safe conditions, and have a collective voice on the job.

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, 336-255-2711 / [email protected]


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.