Statement on passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

McKEESPORT, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, chair of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, issued the following statement on behalf of its members regarding the recent passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka rose from working in coal mines in Pennsylvania to become a leader and fighter for working families across the country. His dedication to ensure good jobs, fair wages, and safe working conditions helped to improve the lives of millions of workers.

“For more than a decade he guided the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12.5 million workers, leading the labor movement’s efforts to create an economy based on broadly shared prosperity and to hold elected officials and employers accountable to working families.

“The labor movement is part of the fabric of our communities. From the steel mills that built this nation, to the educators ensuring that our children will be able to compete in the 21st century, labor, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County are part and parcel of our region’s history and culture.

“Trumka leaves behind an indelible legacy that we must all work together to continue to build upon. He will be missed.”