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Washington, D.C. - Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the passing of Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO:

“I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rich Trumka. A son of southwestern Pennsylvania, Rich served as President of the United Mine Workers during a difficult time for mine workers and their families. He fought for workers everywhere and worked to advance the cause of justice: social, economic and racial justice. Rich dedicated his life in service to American workers and families. I’m proud to have worked closely with Rich for many years and I was blessed by his friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Barbara and his family, friends and AFL-CIO members across the country.”