AFL-CIO President Trumka, prominent U.S. labor leader, dies

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Reuters

By David Shepardson and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) -AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, head of the largest U.S. labor organization and a key figure in Democratic politics, has died at age 72, representatives for the group said on Thursday. President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House that Trumka was a close personal friend. Trumka died unexpectedly of a likely heart attack, a source told Reuters. Trumka, a third-generation coal miner from Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, began working in the mines at age 19, and became president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 55 unions representing 12….

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