AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who went from organizing profitable strikes towards coal mining firms to main the broader American labor motion for the previous decade, has died at age 72, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced Thursday.
Trumka died of what was believed to be a coronary heart assault, in keeping with Politico, the primary to report the information.
Trumka was the son of a coal miner and was born outdoors of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University and incomes a legislation diploma from Villanova, he grew to become a employees lawyer for the United Mine Workers within the 1970s and commenced main the group in 1982.
He led profitable, high-profile strikes towards Pittston Coal Company and Peabody Coal within the late 1980s and early 1990s, and have become secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO in 1995 and president of the AFL-CIO in 2009.
As AFL-CIO president, Trumka was the face of American labor over the previous decade, serving as a key political ally to Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
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