Richard Trumka, the leader of the AFL-CIO has died. He was 72.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, reportedly fighting back tears, announced Trumka’s unexpected death on the chamber floor early Thursday afternoon. Politico is reporting that Trumka is believed to have died as the result of a massive heart attack.
It is no coincidence that what finally broke the Soviet Union was a Catholic trade union — a group of shipyard workers, led by an electrician and motivated by a faith that their oppressors deemed an opiate.
Christianity and its sweeping social vision enlivened the workers in Gdansk and their entire nation and, a decade later, a totalitarian superpower claiming to speak on behalf of all workers around the world had vanished. The forbidden revolution of workers bound together in solidarity around a shared vision of dignity, work, and the common good did what tanks and armed divisions had failed to do: it ended communism and gained freedom for millions.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has found it within his heart to support the USMCA trade agreement. He tweeted a statement on the trade deal. My statement on USMCA: pic.twitter.com/ndlrIrsyZj — Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) December 13, 2019 “One of my proudest votes was against NAFTA, because I knew it…