Seems that AFL-CIO leader, Richard Trumka, died suddenly today while camping with his grandchildren. It has been unofficially reported that he had a massive heart attack. He was 72 years old.
Trumka was a political friend of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and the other far left (some say Communist) members of the Democrat Party. Obama has Trumka to thank (among other union leaders) for his Democrat primary victory in 2007.
He came to prominence as President of the United Mine Workers at age 33. If you would like to learn more about the real Richard Trumka, this is a bio from 2011:
Richard Trumka is a thug’s thug, and a crafty one at that.
The AFL-CIO boss believes the end justifies the means. Breaking the law is acceptable if it advances the cause. Unions should “forget about the law; this is about more than that,” he said at the “Future of Unions” roundtable in Detroit on April 7.
Like many union leaders, occasionally the slippery Trumka pretends to like capitalism. He supports vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, not because he actually believes in them, but because his members work in industries that depend on their enforcement. Turning a blind eye to the manufacture of counterfeit machine parts could put union members out of work.
But unlike most high-profile leftists, Trumka doesn’t even make an effort to conceal his radicalism. “Being called a socialist is a step up for me,” he told Bloomberg News in June. In 1994, Trumka proudly accepted the Eugene Debs Award named after the five-time presidential candidate and labor organizer who founded the Socialist Party of America.
As an AFL-CIO executive, Trumka helped to create “Union Summer,” a program for training young people as organizers and political activists. Participants were made to recite a pledge called “Working Class Commitment” that included the Marxist idea “that we [union workers] produce the world’s wealth … [and] will end all oppression.”