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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, one of the nation’s most powerful labor leaders, has died, Democratic officials announced Thursday.

“The working people of America have lost a fierce warrior at a time when we needed him most,” the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the floor of the Senate.

Trumka, 72, headed the influential labor organization for more than a decade, representing some 12.5 million workers.

He had emerged as a close ally of President Joe Biden, recently backing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for union workers — a major initiative being pushed by the president, The Hill said.

Trumka, a third-generation coal miner, rose through the union ranks to lead the AFL-CIO — the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the nation’s largest union conglomerate, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Richard Trumka
Richard Trumka rose through the union ranks to lead the AFL-CIO.
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Details of Trumka’s death were not immediately available.

The AFL-CIO has not commented publicly on his death.

With Post wires

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