Remembering AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka

Washington, DC, USA – May 16, 2016: U.S. Infrastructure Week kickoff event featuring U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

As one of the original founders of United for Infrastructure, this organization wouldn’t exist without Richard Trumka. We wouldn’t have convened over a thousand events, reached millions over twitter, worked with leaders in the Senate, House, and the White House, or even had the opportunity to write this message. I’m certain that the infrastructure bill currently being debated in the Senate wouldn’t exist without him either.

With his tragic and unexpected passing, the entire infrastructure community has lost a leader who could mix righteous indignation at policymakers’ failure to act on infrastructure issues with kindness, a joke, a touch of humility, a detailed policy discussion, and ultimately a call to action that could rally even the most hardened partisans.

Our hearts go out to his family, our colleagues and friends in the labor community who fought alongside him, and to the business, government, and association leaders who may have disagreed with him at times, but always respected, admired, and more often than not, worked with him to build a better America.

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