Release #: 21.41
August 05, 2021

ALPA Mourns the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

McLEAN, Va.—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today issued the following statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“ALPA mourns the passing of our longtime friend and labor champion Richard Trumka. Our hearts go out to his family, his friends, and his union brothers and sisters. This is a sudden and devastating loss for everyone who was fortunate to have met and worked with him.

“Rich was an incredible leader of the labor movement. He dedicated his life’s work to fiercely fighting for the rights of our nation’s workers and their families to ensure the dignity of their work and to improve their lives. We are proud to have worked alongside him, sharing his commitment to safety and protecting the rights of workers to collectively bargain.

“Our thoughts are with Rich’s family and loved ones as well as our AFL-CIO family. We will honor his memory by carrying on his legacy of union pride, solidarity, and worker advocacy.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 59,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @ALPAPilots.


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