EMILYs List Statement on the Passing of Richard Trumka
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2021
EMILY's List Statement on the Passing of Richard Trumka
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, EMILY's List Executive Director Emily Cain released the following statement:
“We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Richard Trumka, a lifelong fighter for working people. As president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka made sure the needs of unions and workers were always in the forefront. He was a forceful advocate for economic justice and the leader of a powerful movement that has helped elect countless officials who share his desire to help all of us reach the American Dream. We remain grateful for his work and his legacy.”
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