Trumka, Richard


Richard L. Trumka is President of the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 12.2 million members, including 3.2 million members in Working America, its community affiliate.

It’s Up to Us – Together

By Richard Trumpka
AFL-CIO

Before signing the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin immortalized one of my favorite quotes: “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

I don’t think that’s too melodramatic a statement for union members to consider today. We know we’re in a political bulls-eye and that the goal of our opponents is to tie us up with defensive battles—in Washington, D.C., and in the states—because they think that will weaken our offensive for jobs, good living standards and an economy that works for all.