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January 8, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
Success and access to the halls of power haven't robbed the passion from Richard L. Trumka, a third-generation mine worker who rose to the pinnacle of the U.S. labor movement. "The middle class is under assault right now, nearly extinct," Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said Thursday during his first official visit to Los Angeles since taking the helm of the federation last year. "We have the very rich and we have the rest of us." He laments what he views as the erosion of the U.S. social democracy since the mid-1970s.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
Success and access to the halls of power haven't robbed the passion from Richard L. Trumka, a third-generation mine worker who rose to the pinnacle of the U.S. labor movement. "The middle class is under assault right now, nearly extinct," Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said Thursday during his first official visit to Los Angeles since taking the helm of the federation last year. "We have the very rich and we have the rest of us." He laments what he views as the erosion of the U.S. social democracy since the mid-1970s.
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NEWS
August 24, 1989
AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, United Mine Workers President Richard L. Trumka and 15 other labor leaders were arrested while demonstrating on behalf of striking Pittston coal miners in Virginia. Pittston, which argues it needs a contract with more flexibility to compete in overseas markets, broke off talks last week to protest what it called an increase in union violence. The contract dispute focuses more on benefits and scheduling than wages.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid intensified political pressure for increasing the federal minimum wage, the nation's No. 2 union leader predicted Monday in Los Angeles that Congress will boost the hourly pay minimum before this summer. Moreover, once the federal standard is raised from its current $4.25 an hour, unions next will focus their attention on promoting legislation providing universal health-care coverage, said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard L. Trumka.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid intensified political pressure for increasing the federal minimum wage, the nation's No. 2 union leader predicted Monday in Los Angeles that Congress will boost the hourly pay minimum before this summer. Moreover, once the federal standard is raised from its current $4.25 an hour, unions next will focus their attention on promoting legislation providing universal health-care coverage, said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard L. Trumka.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Labor Writer
Richard Trumka, president of the embattled United Mine Workers Union, said Monday that organized labor's mission in the 1990s should be a rebellion against "the anti-worker, multinational" corporation philosophy of the 1980s, which Trumka said has turned working life into a joyless and insecure existence.
NEWS
January 6, 1985
United Mine Workers President Richard L. Trumka blamed Emery Mining Co. for the deaths of 27 persons in a Utah coal mine fire last month. Trumka said in Castle Dale, Utah, that the firm allowed unsafe conditions to prevail in the Wilberg Mine. The union chief, who until now had not specifically charged negligence on the part of the company, said: "If everything had been done properly, 27 people would not be dead today."
NEWS
August 14, 1989
About 5,000 rallied in Pittsburgh, Pa., to support a number of labor strikes--including those at Eastern Airlines, in Appalachian coal mines and at telephone companies around the country. Members of dozens of labor unions came to Pittsburgh in buses and caravans of cars and trucks. AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, in a letter read at the rally, urged Congress to intervene in the Eastern Airlines dispute and "to recognize the legitimate interests of working people."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Labor Writer
Richard Trumka, president of the embattled United Mine Workers Union, said Monday that organized labor's mission in the 1990s should be a rebellion against "the anti-worker, multinational" corporation philosophy of the 1980s, which Trumka said has turned working life into a joyless and insecure existence.
NEWS
August 24, 1989
AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, United Mine Workers President Richard L. Trumka and 15 other labor leaders were arrested while demonstrating on behalf of striking Pittston coal miners in Virginia. Pittston, which argues it needs a contract with more flexibility to compete in overseas markets, broke off talks last week to protest what it called an increase in union violence. The contract dispute focuses more on benefits and scheduling than wages.
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