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UMD Libraries mourn the loss of labor leader and AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka

From his early days as a coal miner in Western Pennsylvania to President of the United Mineworkers of America, and then President of the AFL-CIO, Trumka dedicated his entire life to the working class.

University of Maryland Libraries mourns the sudden and tragic passing of labor leader and former AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka. From his early days as a rank and file coal miner in Western Pennsylvania to President of the United Mineworkers of America, and then President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka dedicated his entire life to the working class. In 2013, President Trumka was responsible for establishing one of the world’s premiere public archives documenting the history of the American labor movement, presiding over the transfer of the historical records of the national AFL-CIO to the University Libraries. These publicly accessible records provide a window into the history of American labor movement from the founding of the American Federation of Labor in 1881 for researchers and union members around the world. Richard Trumka truly cared about the oppressed and exploited in our world. He will be deeply missed by Maryland Libraries staff.

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