CONTACT: DANIEL HOLUB
Univestiy of Iowa Labor Center
100 Oakdale Campus, M210 OH
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-4144, fax (319) 335-4464
Release: Oct. 15, 2001
EDITOR'S NOTE: A press conference for Trumka will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5
p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Radisson Hotel Celebrity Conference Room,
2525 N. Dodge Street, Iowa City, Iowa. Working journalists are invited to
Richard Trumka, National Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, speaks Oct.
25 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- National Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Richard
L. Trumka, will give a public lecture at the University of Iowa as part of
the University of Iowa Labor Center's "Advanced Union Leadership School."
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Trumka's lecture, entitled, "The American Labor Movement: Challenges
and Opportunities," will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Richey
Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (corner of Jefferson and Madison Streets),
on the University of Iowa campus.
Trumka will address the AFL-CIO's revitalized organizing effort, saying
how it emphasizes strengthening working families by enabling more workers
to join together in unions, building a stronger political voice for working
families, providing a new voice for workers in the global economy and creating
a more effective voice for working families in communities across the country.
He will also assert that workers' organizing efforts have been thwarted
by employer campaigns of coercion, firings and harassment, by unfair trade
policies that favor global corporations over workers' rights and the environment,
and by the failure of government here and abroad to give priority to the needs
of working women and men over the needs of the wealthy and powerful.
Trumka will also discuss how the Sept. 11 bombings (and the subsequent U.S.
response) impact organized labor's domestic efforts to promote economic justice
and pro-worker policies, such as raising the minimum wage, strengthening social
security, liberalizing immigration policies, defeating "FAST Track"
trade legislation, enacting an ergonomics standard and increasing unemployment
and job training benefits to laid off workers.
A third-generation coal miner from Nemacolin, Pa., Trumka began working
in the mines at age 19 and soon after became a union activist in his local
union. Elected national president of the United Mine Workers of America in
1982, Trumka is well known for leading two of the most sophisticated union
campaigns in American labor history, the strike against the Pittston Coal
Company in 1989 and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association in 1993 -- that
resulted in significant advances in mine workers' job security, pensions and
Elected as national Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Labor-Congress
of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in 1995 at the age of 46, Trumka is
now part of the top leadership of one of the largest labor organizations in
the world representing over 13 million working women and men nationwide through
the voluntary federation of 64 national and international unions.