Washington DC – Labor leader Richard Trumka passed away at 72. Trumka was President of the AFL-CIO, the largest US union.
Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA Network, worked with Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO was a founding member of Jubilee USA Network. LeCompte issues the following statement on Trumka's passing:
“Rich Trumka's passing is incredibly sad.
“He was a powerful voice for workers and the vulnerable.
“I remember the meetings he convened with the leaders of the largest unions in his office to meet with Jubilee on supporting debt and disaster relief for Puerto Rico. It was his leadership that made sure the labor community understood the urgent need to advocate for Puerto Rico's recovery.
“While Trumka fought for the rights of workers, he was a deep supporter of efforts of the religious community to advocate for trade rules that protected poor people and promoted healthcare.
“This week, he ensured the AFL-CIO showed its support for our religious leader roundtable with US Trade Representative Tai.
“Trumka's conviction, voice and actions stemmed from his faith. Coming from a coal mining family, he often shared stories of how the Catholic Church defended the rights of workers. He saw the Church as being the ally of those who struggled to have a better life."