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Richard Trumka

“Some 70 perfect of the American people believe that all workers ought to have the right to collective bargaining. In this election, we’re trying to make it part of the debate. Is the economy here to serve the people, or are the people here to serve the economy?”

Richard Louis Trumka grew up in Appalachia and became a labor organizer there in order to improve conditions and preserve benefits for coal miners. Under his direction, mineworkers became part of the AFL-CIO, the labor organization of which he is now president.