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Rich would want us to not miss a beat

Graham Trainor, Oregon AFL-CIO President
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On the morning of August 5, the nation, the American labor movement, and workers across the globe were rocked by the sudden, unexpected loss of a great man, an incredible leader, and a lifetime fighter for justice, AFL-CIO President Richard Louis Trumka, or “it’s just Rich” as he would so often correct anyone opting for the more formal greeting. 

Since his passing, leaders, friends and family of Rich have shared many touching words about him. In just the last two weeks of his life there were examples of his unrelenting advocacy and leadership through several speeches that were not all that unique in the life of someone who spent over 50 years fighting to make life better for working people. But these excerpts do illustrate at least a few lessons about the leader he was and the legacy he leaves.

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