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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 9, 2021 10:33 AM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione and Sen. Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Honoring the Life and Career of Richard Trumka
In the near future, we will be introducing a resolution to honor the life and career of Richard Trumka, longtime President of the AFL-CIO. Mr. Trumka passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

A native of Nemacolin, Pennsylvania in Greene County, Trumka worked as a coal miner before graduating from Penn State in 1971 and Villanova Law School in 1974. He was elected president of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) at the age of 33, making him the youngest president ever of UMWA. As president of UMWA, he led one of the most successful strikes in American history against the Pittston Coal Company in Pittston.

In 2009, Richard Trumka was elected president of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States and made up of more than 12 million active and retired workers. Influencing economic policy across many industries and sectors of the economy, Mr. Trumka championed workers’ rights and workplace safety, and worked with leaders of both political parties to include labor provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement signed in 2019.

Please join us in honoring one of the biggest fighters for American workers.

Introduced as SR180