President, TUAC; President, AFL-CIO
On Sept. 16, 2009, Richard L. Trumka was elected President of the AFL-CIO, following 14 years as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO and three terms as President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). Mr. Trumka was re-elected as AFL-CIO president in 2013 in Los Angeles. Mr. Trumka, a third-generation coal miner from Nemacolin, Penn., began working in the mines at age 19. He worked in the mines for more than seven years, supporting himself while attending Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and through Villanova University, where he received a law degree in 1974. He was elected to the union’s executive board in 1981 and first elected UMWA international President in 1982. Mr. Trumka has served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, as well as the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He currently serves on the Labour Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy and the President’s Committee on the International Labour Organization. Mr. Trumka is committed to creating an economy that leaves no worker behind and a society that rewards hard work. He has dedicated his life to actively fighting racism and prejudice in any form he encounters it.