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Richard Trumka
Richard L. Trumka was elected AFL-CIO president in September 2009. He served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer since 1995. Born in Nemacolin, Pa., on July 24, 1949, Trumka was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council in 1989. At the time of his election to the secretary-treasurer post, he was serving his third term as president of the Mine Workers (UMWA). At the UMWA, Trumka led two major strikes against the Pittston Coal Co. and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. The actions resulted in significant advances in employee-employer cooperation and the enhancement of mine workers' job security, pensions and benefits.

Entries by Richard Trumka

Mexico Must Take Action To Protect Its Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 4:05 PM

In the shadow of the U.S. presidential elections, Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto returns to the White House this Friday to talk trade, immigration, and security with President Obama. The two met in Canada less than a month ago, but there is indeed much unfinished business.

First, Mexico must...

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Demanding Guestworker Reforms Is Pro-Immigrant

(9) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:48 PM

Our country is addicted to cheap labor, and our broken immigration system helps to feed the addiction. Immigrant workers themselves are not to blame for stagnant wages in our country. The problem is caused by employers who put profits ahead of people, and trample rights and drive down standards in...

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Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

(31) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 10:13 AM

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was meant to protect our economy from Wall Street greed. The legislation was passed into law in response to the 2008 financial crisis, which caused home foreclosures for millions of families and long-term unemployment for tens of millions of...

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Labor Must Act to Stop Mass Incarceration

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:53 PM

In too many corners of our nation, black and brown Americans are suffering under the weight of a criminal justice system that disproportionately harms people of color. The AFL-CIO enthusiastically supports the efforts of President Obama to make our laws fairer and more effective.

When a...

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American Workers Need Stable Housing Free From Discrimination

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 10:48 AM

We recently celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a tireless champion of the fundamental human dignity of every man, woman and child, and a dear friend of the labor movement. It is in his memory and out of respect for the solidarity between Dr. King...

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Cast Your Vote for American Values

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Money is pouring into this year's mid-term election -- mostly from the pockets of right-wing billionaires. The total is projected to top $4 billion.

Thirteen states have annual budgets of $4 billion or less.

Try to wrap your mind around that fact. The money this small group...

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Working People Need Executive Action on Deportations

(53) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:16 AM

The AFL-CIO has been calling on the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since spring 2013. Every day that the White House does not act, more than 1,000 people are torn from their worksites, their families and their communities, driving down wages and standards in the process.

It was immigrant...

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Let's Call 'Corporate Inversion' for What It Is: A Gaping, Unpatriotic Tax Loophole

(123) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:58 AM

In 2004, Congress enacted a law to prevent "corporate inversions" in which corporations reincorporate in a foreign country to avoid paying U.S. taxes, but a gaping loophole allows corporations to get around this law by merging with a foreign company.

Simply put, it allows corporations to avoid paying taxes when...

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Is This How to Salute a Veteran?

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Co-authored with J. David Cox, chair of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council and president of AFGE

Today we celebrate Veterans Day. Let's take this opportunity to honor the men and women who have served our nation to protect and defend the freedoms we all enjoy.

But we shouldn't just talk...

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Black Lung Deniers

(10) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 9:20 AM

You don't have to be a doctor at Johns Hopkins to know black lung disease when you see it. I know firsthand because I've seen it. I've seen it kill my father, my grandfathers and uncles. They were all coal miners who breathed coal dust for years until their scarred...

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As the United Nations Sets Policies on Migration, Who Speaks for Migrant Workers?

(10) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:40 PM

In our increasingly interconnected world, international migration is fundamentally reshaping the world of work and challenging governments to rethink how they treat those living within their borders. Some 214 million migrants across the world today work in a wide range of industries, from low-wage jobs in agriculture and construction to...

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Inaction on NLRB Confirmations Is Simply Wrong

(67) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Stall tactics and political brinksmanship in the U.S. Senate have inflicted senseless and avoidable pain on everyday people for far too long. Now we may be on the verge of breaking through.

As the debate takes center stage, the focus will be on nominees to the National Labor Relations...

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White House Inaction on Silica Is Deadly for Workers

(18) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Tom Ward was 13 when his father came home from what would be his last day of work. Ward's father "barely made it through the door, fell to the floor and, between tears, said, 'I can't do it anymore.'"

Later that year, at age 39, Ward's father...

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Listen to the Voters -- and Save Yourselves

(50) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:42 AM

It's time for House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican leadership to stop holding America's middle class hostage and instead join Democrats in saying "No" to another tax cut for the rich.

That's what voters asked for, loud and clear.

People are tired of the rich getting gifts from...

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An Election Message for the Lame Duck Congress: Fair Taxes, No Cuts

(9) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:32 PM

After a hard-fought and divisive election year, it's time to rebuild America's middle class -- but to do it we need to make sure the lessons from this campaign stick.

Four years ago, the leadership of the Republican Party made a cynical political gamble -- and this year they...

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Game Changer in Ohio: Cars

(101) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 8:59 AM

This election may come down to cars. That's right, cars.

Nothing illustrates the choice between the two presidential candidates better than the 2009 rescue of the auto industry. And, despite Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's efforts to distort the contrast with patently dishonest claims and a new TV and radio...

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El cambio en nuestras comunidades se logra con unión y determinación

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 9:11 AM

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Lo que a menudo falta en los debates altamente polarizados sobre las políticas de inmigración de Arizona y las prácticas judiciales del Alguacil Joe Arpaio son las historias de jóvenes que diariamente se ven afectados por estas mismas políticas y prácticas. Entre ellos se encuentra...

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A Doorstep Focus Group Every Night

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 1:41 PM

Every day while the right-wing Super PACs pour millions of dollars into attack ads, canvassers for Working America, the AFL-CIO's community affiliate, knock on nearly 25,000 doors and talk to more than 10,000 actual voters in town after town and state after state.

Each conversation is a little bit...

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Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

(19) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 5:46 PM

By Richard Trumka and Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Domestic workers around the world have been organizing for years to secure decent wages, benefits and recognition.

This past summer, domestic workers and their allies celebrated a major global victory after the Philippines joined Uruguay in becoming...

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Trabajadores latinos más seguros gracias a la labor de centros de trabajadores

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 9:40 AM

centros de trabajadores

La historia de Christian Hurtado demuestra el potencial del nuevo movimiento por los derechos de los trabajadores. Es una historia digna de ser contada sobre todo en este mes, días después del Día del Trabajo y mientras nos preparamos a celebrar el Mes de...

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