Aug 6, 2021 | News Story

In Memoriam: AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, 1949-2021

The New York City Labor Movement was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn yesterday of the sudden passing of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka. As leader of our nation’s Labor Movement, he championed the belief that all work has dignity, along with the rights of all working people to bargain collectively, to fair wages and workplace safety, and to a voice at work.

President Trumka was a larger than life figure, a tireless fighter on behalf of working men and women across our nation, and a true and loyal friend to the NYC Labor Movement. Over the years we have been proud to stand with him countless times to fight for a fair and level playing field at work, and to create an economy that works for all working people. President Trumka always answered the call to support NYC’s working families, and our Movement is stronger because of his leadership.

We send our deepest condolences to President Trumka’s family, friends, and his many colleagues at the National AFL-CIO and across our nation’s Labor Movement, and recommit ourselves to the fight to which he dedicated his life. Visit the AFL-CIO's memorial page for more about the life and legacy of President Trumka, including condolences and commemorations.