For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2021
Media Contact: Marcus Frias
Waters Statement on Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement following the death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
“Today, the world has lost one of the greatest fighters for working people it has ever known. Richard Trumka was not only a friend to me and so many others who have fought for years to support organized labor and protect working people, but he was a forceful, unapologetic voice that resonated throughout the world. He will be sorely missed.
“His impact and advocacy for working families cannot be overstated. As President of the AFL-CIO, he represented over 12 million working people and did so with an unwavering commitment to their best interests. I am grateful that, throughout my career, I have had the honor of working with him in our fight to ensure that every working person in this country is protected and able to live a decent quality of life. There was not one meeting with him that left me feeling uninspired or hopeless. He was the kind of person who rolled up his sleeves, got to work, and got things done – and he inspired all of us to do the same.
“While I am shocked and saddened by his passing, I am more determined than ever to ensure that his legacy lives on. During this difficult moment, I send my most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace.”