MUSKEGON, Mich., Aug. 6, 2021 — Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon), Chairman of the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus, released the following statement in response to yesterday’s news of the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“I am incredibly saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka,” said Rep. Sabo. “Rich was a lifelong advocate for working people, devoting his life to keeping workers safe, ensuring fair compensation and benefits for their hard work, and protecting our democracy. His leadership in our movement was intense, inspirational, and will be sorely missed by all of us.

“Working people and working families are the backbone of America, and Rich knew that because he was one of us. His lifetime of honorable service to the labor movement should serve as motivation to every union member, activist, and pro-union legislator that together, we can continue his work of creating an equitable and just economy and society for all Americans. On behalf of the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus, I’d like to thank Rich for that lifetime of service and make the promise that we will continue that service in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in his memory.”