Mourning Richard Trumka

Richard Trumka

It is with a heavy heart we mourn the untimely passing of national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  Richard Trumka was a tireless advocate for workers’ rights and always stood with AFSCME to defend the rights of public employees.

      Rich began his work in the labor movement as a coal miner and rose through the ranks to become the leader of the United Mine Workers of America and then became the leader of the national AFL-CIO. Throughout his career he never forgot where he came from and was always on the side of workers on every issue and in every  struggle.

      Rich was on our side when anti-union forces in Ohio tried to take away our hard won collective bargaining rights in 2011. He was with us leading the labor movement’s response to the most anti-worker presidential administration in our lifetime.

      Rich was labor’s voice in the media, in congress, and more importantly, with us in person on the picket line, at rallies and demonstrations, and graced our AFSCME conventions with his message of solidarity and the key part public employees play in communities in Ohio and the nation.

      We can all honor Rich’s legacy by fighting to pass the PRO Act and building solidarity with working people every chance we get. We are sending our love and prayers to the Trumka family and everyone in the AFL-CIO and labor movement as we mourn the loss of a true leader and a strong voice for workers in America and around the world. 
R. Sean Grayson,
President AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO
6800 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085-2512
Phone: 614-841-1918
Fax: 614-841-1299