Sad news from Washington. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has died

    I met Richard in August 2005 in Gdansk at the jubilee convention of Polish “Solidarity” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the trade union. I was a speaker there and gained great support from 6 thousand delegates of the congress who were chanting “Free Belarus!”

    After the congress we got acquainted with Richard, then the vice-president of AFL-CIO, and we had a long conversation. Since then we have been in contact; he constantly announced the support of the American trade unions for the independent trade union movement in Belarus. I congratulated him in 2009 in Pittsburgh where at the next scheduled convention Trumka was elected the head of the organization.

    The photo was taken at the AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis in October 2017. This photo turned out to be our last photo together; Richard is second from the left. This loss is irreparable not only for American unions but for the entire international trade union movement. And for me personally.