AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passes away

Richard Trumka, Union Leader and Major Democrat Supporter, Dies

Richard Trumka, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly, the federation announced Thursday.

Trumka, 72, had served as president of the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12.5 million workers, for more than a decade and was called a “dear friend” by President Joe Biden.

He died of what was believed to be a heart attack, a source familiar with the matter said. It was unclear when exactly it occurred, though it’s believed to be either Wednesday evening or Thursday 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,” the AFL-CIO said.

Democrats mourned his passing.

“What a loss. Whether you knew Richard Trumka or not, you likely benefited from his decades of leadership and labor organizing. Sending my deepest condolences to his family,” Hillary Clinton said.