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Thursday, August 05, 2021

Richard Trumka, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly, four sources confirmed to POLITICO. Trumka, 72, had served as president of the federation, which represents more than 12.5 million workers, for more than a decade and has been a close ally of the Biden White House. He died of what was believed to be a heart attack, a source familiar with the matter said.

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Trumka was as responsible for Obama's election in 2008 as Rep. Clyburn was for Biden's nomination and election in 2020 when he read the Riot Act to white union members upset when Obama defeated Hillary in the primaries. I met Mr. Trumka a few years ago at a union gathering held in his honor. His presence and leadership will be missed.

Rest in peace Rich.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-08-05 01:15 PM | Reply

Bury him next to Hoffa.

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-05 03:05 PM | Reply

Wow, that's so edgy and original.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-05 03:41 PM | Reply

#2
It would save the Union money if they did

#4 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2021-08-05 07:01 PM | Reply

Maybe they can bury him with Hoffa and Ed Steimel for the trifecta.

#5 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-08-05 11:43 PM | Reply

They were all dirty.

#6 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-08-05 11:45 PM | Reply

"They were all dirty."

Spoken as the typical union busting right wing union hater. We built the American middle class because of unions but then we had politicians convince millions of workers that they are their enemies. No one ever said American workers were the brightest bulbs in the box. We live in a nation of the "poorly educated" who Donald Trump loves because they are so easily duped into voting against their own self interests.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2021-08-06 05:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Conservatives:

"Workers should walkout if their employers require them to get the vaccine!"

Also conservatives:

"Unions suck and strikes are for lazy snowflakes!"

RIP, Mr. Trumka

#8 | Posted by anton at 2021-08-06 05:30 AM | Reply

Rich Trumka started his organized labor career as a staff attorney for the Mineworkers and worked tirelessly for decades trying to improve wages and conditions and generally supported millions of hard working Americans all across this nation, union workers and non-union workers alike through his work for fair trade practices. He has received numerous humanitarian awards and honors, been named to Presidential councils, and as head of the AFL-CIO has helmed a controversy-free administration for over the last decade.

Rich Trumka has been an American icon. Bellringer is simply a knob.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-08-06 06:14 AM | Reply

Trumpka and cho?
Made for SNL, but horsesazz ballswine won't touch it.

#10 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-08-06 06:49 AM | Reply

Spoken as the typical union busting right wing union hater. We built the American middle class because of unions but then we had politicians convince millions of workers that they are their enemies. No one ever said American workers were the brightest bulbs in the box. We live in a nation of the "poorly educated" who Donald Trump loves because they are so easily duped into voting against their own self interests.

#7 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2021-08-06 05:16 AM | REPLY

You know so little.

Unions busted themselves. Industry was only going to take so much before they responded. Unions were great back in the first 80% of the 20th century. That's about when the tied seriously turned. As someone who followed this subject closely, I can tell you the majority of the unions problems were self inflicted.

#11 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-08-06 11:02 AM | Reply

" Unions busted themselves."

Nonsense.

Explain why Chevy and Chrysler needed massive bailouts, but Ford didn't, despite the fact they all had basically the same Union contracts.

Do that, and you'll get to one of the roots of the problem.

#12 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-06 11:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"As someone who followed this subject closely"

Then explaining why Ford didn't need the same bailout will be easy.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-06 11:27 AM | Reply

#13

*crickets*

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-08-06 02:27 PM | Reply

None of the auto manufacturers should have got bail outs but that's not what I was talking about in my earlier post. If a union is still functioning, then it wasn't "busted". But look at the vast majority of labor unions that lost the majority, if not all of their work. Take the metal trades unions for instance. There's next to nothing left. Some Eastern seaboard and Midwest is the bulk. Why? Because every three years the demands in pay and benefits were astronomical. And if that wasn't enough, the snail pace they moved at began to create a strain an major construction projects. That coupled with overloading personnel on jobs and the cronyism of forcing contractors to do business with their buddies for equipment and consumables really began to apply pressure. That's where Industry put the breaks on and if it were your personal finances being looted you would have done the same thing. Just as corporations are greedy so are the unions, it's just not the unions turn right now. The industry hamstrung the unions with right to work laws in response to unions and their entitled behavior and it will be nearly impossible to reverse that.

#15 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-08-06 04:00 PM | Reply

"If a union is still functioning, then it wasn't "busted"."

IOW, your statement was so broad it was incorrect.

"The industry hamstrung the unions with right to work laws in response to unions..."

By lying about the economic powerhouse it would create. Just ask Alabama, a RTW state since 1953.

#16 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-06 04:21 PM | Reply

"The industry hamstrung the unions with right to work laws in response to unions..."

On average, workers in states with RTW laws make $8,989 a year (15.2%) less annually than workers in other states ($50,174, compared with $59,163). Median household income in states with these laws is $11,628 (15.4%) less than in other states ($64,071, compared with $75,700).

The rate of workplace deaths is 37% higher in states with RTW laws, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Poverty rates are higher in states with right to work laws (11.2% overall and 15.6% for children), compared with poverty rates in states without these laws (8.9% overall and 12.2% for children)

The average infant mortality rate states with right to work laws in 2018 was 6.3 per 1,000 live births, compared with 5.2 per 1,000 live births in free-bargaining states.

States with right to work laws spend 31.6% less per pupil on elementary and secondary education than other states.

www.usw.org).

So business hamstrung state taxpayers, a win in Dinger's playbook.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-08-06 04:29 PM | Reply

#17 Those are all wins, according to Republicans.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-06 04:58 PM | Reply

BaldDong has never actually had a job.

#19 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-06 11:30 PM | Reply

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