AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sits down for a conversation with attendees of the Monitor Breakfast to discuss the state of labor unions in the United States.
On Sept.16, 2009, Richard L. Trumka was elected president of the AFL-CIO by acclamation at the federation’s 26th convention in Pittsburgh, Pa., and re-elected in 2013 by AFL-CIO convention delegates in Los Angeles. His election, following 15 years of service as the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer, capped Trumka’s rise to leadership of the nation’s largest labor federation from humble beginnings in the small coal mining communities of southwest Pennsylvania.
Richard Trumka, the president of America's largest labor federation, says President Obama faces a key moment in the eyes of working Americans and that if he "nibbles" at big issues, then "working people will judge him that way."
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says President Barack Obama made a strategic mistake by conflating the job crisis with the deficit crisis. "We do not have a short-term deficit crisis -- it does not exist," claims Trumka. "We have a short-term jobs crisis."