Washington D.C. – Richard Trumka, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly. Responding to the sad news, Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement.
“Richard Trumka was not only an indefatigable voice for labor but a personal friend. To those of us who came up in the Labor movement, he was more than a friend and ally, he was a hero. Someone who stood up for the little guy and cared deeply for those who needed help. Without hesitation, he always stood firmly for justice and equitable treatment of workers.
Trumka believed in the power of the Labor movement, in workers, and was a true champion for those who were seeking opportunity and a fair shake in life.
His loss at this time is a tragedy and a tremendous loss to not only the movement but workers throughout the nation. In solidarity, we will honor his memory by tirelessly working to secure his commitment to workers. We will miss our dear brother, and we will uphold his legacy by continuing to promote worker’s rights and advancing the labor movement as he had envisioned and embodied during his life. Rest in power querido hermano.”
Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.