Statement from Former Vice President Al Gore on the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Richard Trumka was a giant—whether taking a stand on a picket line or speaking truth to power in Washington, he was a tireless champion for the American worker. He was also a powerful advocate for climate action. As a third-generation coal miner, Rich was not someone you’d expect to see on the frontlines of the fight against the climate crisis. But it was his experience in the coal mines of Pennsylvania that shaped his respect for science and showed him that protecting our planet and protecting workers go hand-in-hand. I am deeply grateful for his vision, leadership, and friendship over the years. I will miss him dearly and know that all those who seek a cleaner and more prosperous future for America’s workers will continue to find inspiration in the legacy he leaves behind.