August 5, 2021
With the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, our nation has lost a legendary, fierce warrior for working people. He led America's unions through good times and bad, but always persisted, knowing that through solidarity and unity workers could overcome the greed and inequality that too often characterized corporations and our nation.
He was well known for his courage, strategic brilliance and inspiration in leading the Pittston Coal strike, a David and Goliath battle in which coal miners won. But that is only one example of his dedication to justice. For Rich Trumka, the son of a coal miner afflicted by black lung disease, it was personal. Throughout his life, he was a champion for civil rights and equality with absolutely no tolerance for bigotry or racism.
He brought his innovation and intelligence to Wall Street and the investment world as well, developing strategies to make sure workers' pension investments were used to improve their lives, not destroy their livelihoods. As an 18-year member of our Ullico Board of Directors, he chaired the Corporate Governance/Nominating and Enterprise Risk Management Committees, served on the Audit, Compensation and Executive Committees, and was instrumental in the company's success at serving union members and their families. He was unwavering in his belief that a union-owned company could advance the cause of a stronger working class.
He leaves our unions, our country and our world a better place than he found them. We offer our condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed. But while we grieve, we know that Rich Trumka's work and inspiration will carry on for generations to come.