Who was Richard Trumka's wife Barbara Vidovich? Late AFL-CIO boss married coal miner's daughter
The news of Richard Trumka's demise was announced on August 5 morning
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) president Richard Trumka reportedly died on Wednesday evening, August 4. He was 72-years-old. The news of Trumka's demise was announced on Thursday, August 5, morning by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Senate floor.
If the reports are to be believed, Trumka died of a heart attack. Schumer said, "It's just horrible news. We have just lost a giant. And we need him so. We will remember him forever. And his memory will, I know, importune us to do even more for working people." In similar news recently, Colorado's former Governor Dick Lamm died on July 29. On June 13, Mississippi state representative Ashley Henley was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Back in May, megadonor Foster Friess died after a long battle with cancer.
Trumka's fellow staff at the AFL-CIO were reportedly informed of his demise on Thursday, August 5 morning. A close ally of Joe Biden's White House, Trumka served as president of AFL-CIO for more than a decade. President Biden spoke of his death and noted that Trumka was "more than" a labor leader, and also a "close, personal friend." The AFL-CIO page describes Trumka as "an outspoken advocate for social and economic justice, Trumka is the nation’s clearest voice on the critical need to ensure that all workers have a good job and the power to determine their wages and working conditions."
Fellow politicians mourned Trumka's death and posted tributes over social media. Representative Eric Swalwell wrote, "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was a tireless champion for U.S. workers; he dedicated his life to ensuring more Americans could attain the American Dream. He'll be sorely missed." Senator Joe Manchin tweeted, "Rich's story is the American story – he was the son and grandson of Italian and Polish immigrants and began his career mining coal. He never forgot where he came from."
My statement on the death of my dear friend Richard Trumka: pic.twitter.com/CJHKGwPaM9— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) August 5, 2021
Who is Richard Trumka's wife?
Trumka was married to Barbara Vidovich. They got married in 1982. Barbara was the daughter of a coal miner. They were married at St Procopius Church in New Salem. The couple has one son together.