IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb released the following statement:
The passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is absolutely heartbreaking. Today we lost a giant amongst giants, a stalwart champion of the labor movement, and a dear friend. President Trumka’s leadership was electric and unparalleled, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America through the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an honor to serve alongside him in these difficult times.
President Trumka will be remembered as a legendary labor leader, and we can all honor his memory by carrying forward his life’s work: to ensure that all working people can attain the American Dream. In the words of Mother Jones, ‘Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living.’
My heart and prayers go out to Rich and his family. May he Rest In Peace.