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Governor Whitmer & Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka


August 5, 2021  



Governor Whitmer & Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka  


Lansing, MI - Today, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist issued the following statements on the passing of Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President. 



"Today, working people united in brother and sisterhood in Michigan and across the country lost a stalwart champion. Richard Trumka was a fierce defender of working peoples' rights over his legendary, multi-decade career as leader of the United Mine Workers and later, of the AFL-CIO, where he led the 12.5 million member organization to stand in solidarity for better wages and working conditions. He was recognized internationally as a champion for labor, receiving the first ever World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership because of his steadfast belief in the dignity of all people and his actions to further the cause of justice for all. I am thinking of Richard's loved ones and the countless working people and families whose lives he improved through his tireless advocacy. Richard always used his voice for others, and we must honor his legacy by taking up the cause of working families every day and centering their needs, wants, hopes, and fears in everything we do. It's what he fought for his whole life. It is now our shared mission. Thank you, Richard." 



"The passing of Richard Trumka deeply saddens me-he was the first international labor leader I met early in my career. I know that the legacy that Richard Trumka leaves behind will inspire generations to come. He was a voice and defender for working people. When our workforce is respected and protected, we know that allows our society to thrive. The best way to honor Richard's legacy is to continue and advance his work. He understood that when we stand up for one another, the end product will be indestructible. Governor Whitmer and I are committed to ensuring that his mission and values are upheld and never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Richard's family and friends."