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Trumka Gets World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership

Bill Hugheses
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Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, was presented Tuesday with the inaugural “World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership.” The event took place at the headquarters of the AFL-CIO, in Washington, D.C., in the George Meany Conference Room.

The award was presented before a capacity audience by Fr. Sean Mc Manus and Ms. Barbara Flaherty. He is the President of the Washington, D.C.- based Irish National Caucus, and the Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize. Ms. Flaherty is the Executive V.P. of the Irish National Caucus and Corporate Manager of the World Peace Prize.

President Trumka has been the head of the national, 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO since 2009. He has been a long-time champion of social and economic justice. When he was only 33-years old, Trumka was elected the youngest president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). He looks forward to “an economy of shared prosperity for all working families.” This is part of the working class aspirations that President Trumka had carried with him from his earliest days laboring in the “mines of southwest Pennsylvania.”

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