AFL-CIO PRESIDENT Richard Trumka heads the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, with 56 national and international affiliates collectively representing more than 11 million workers.
An outspoken and energetic leader, Trumka is the son and grandson of union activists in the coal mining industry. He worked in Pennsylvania coal mines and, after obtaining a law degree at Villanova University, provided pro bono legal service to mining families. He was elected president of the United Mine Workers of America in 1982 at the age of 33 and in 1995 was elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO. He was elected president in 2009.