On Wednesday, before his remarks, National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka swore in the officers and vice presidents of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, a Pennsylvania native, addressed the convention on Wednesday. In his remarks, President Trumka congratulated the Pennsylvania Labor Movement on the recent victory in the special election that sent Conor Lamb to Congress. “If you want to know the power of unions here in Pennsylvania, I have two words for you: Conor Lamb,” Trumka said. “That’s right, brothers and sisters, working people and the power of a union-run, member-to-member campaign are what carried the 18th Congressional District,” he said. “That’s how Conor Lamb won and it’s a loud wake-up call for anyone hoping to do the same in 2018 and yes, 2020,” Trumka said.
Trumka reiterated the important work ahead of the Labor Movement including important issues like health care, trade, immigration, infrastructure and taxes. “Our work has never been more important,” he said. “We are the last, the only, and the best-organized voice for working people in America,” Trumka said.
“We don’t duck and run, we don’t run and hide,” Trumka proclaimed to the risen convention crowd. “We are the American labor movement and we will not be denied!