Hollywood unions and guilds paid tribute to Richard Trumka, who led the AFL-CIO since 2009 and was one of many high labor officers within the nation.
Trumka, 72, died unexpectedly on Thursday. The AFL-CIO confirmed his dying, however didn’t present particulars. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer additionally introduced his dying in a speech on the Senate ground. President Joe Biden additionally paid tribute, calling Trumka a “close friend.”
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris mentioned in a press release, “I am devastated to learn of Rich’s passing today. SAG-AFTRA members and all workers have lost a true champion and ally. First and always, a working man, Rich was also an incredible labor leader and a deeply admired voice for the voiceless. He was more than a fellow labor advocate, activist and warrior for the working class; he was my friend and partner.”
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She added, “An influential and inspirational leader, he gave his all for the betterment of workers and improved countless lives yet remained at heart, the coal miner from Nemacolin. He was a man of the people. This is not only a huge loss for union members, but for all workers.”
Kate Shindle, the president of Actors’ Equity, referred to as Trumka a “remarkable leader” who “lived his values and encouraged the entire labor movement to do the same.”
“Every labor leader should aspire to champion the rights of workers as he did, while extending his hand in partnership to all who believe in our cause,” she mentioned.
The Animation Guild mentioned in a Twitter publish, “We send our condolences to friends, family and the workers he devoted his life to defending. We mourn this great loss to the labor movement.”
Trumka was the son and grandson of coal miners in Pennsylvania, and labored himself as a coal miner whereas attending Penn State University, in keeping with the Associated Press. He was elected president of United Mine Workers of America in 1982, its youngest president at age 33, after which was elected secretary treasurer of the AFL-CIO in 1995. He was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 2009. SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and IATSE are associates of the AFL-CIO, which has 12.5 million members.