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June 17, 2009
Christina Erling
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AFGE Endorses AFL-CIO Presidential Candidate Richard Trumka

WASHINGTON—AFGE, the largest federal employee union today endorsed Richard Trumka for AFL-CIO President. “I have had the honor of working with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka on many issues affecting the American workforce over the years. His views on civil rights and his ability to lead gives me full confidence that he can strengthen and unify America’s labor movement in the coming years” remarked AFGE National President John Gage.

Trumka held AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurer position for four consecutive terms, during which he actively campaigned for America’s working families. In 1997 Trumka spearheaded the AFL-CIO Capital Stewardship Program, which supports retirement security for workers. Most recently, President Barack Obama appointed Richard Trumka to his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

During President Obama’s candidacy, Trumka campaigned on his behalf; advocating for change for working families and addressing issues such as racism. It is Trumka’s perseverance, loyalty, and vision for union workers that win him AFGE’s endorsement.

“Richard Trumka’s dedication to workers and commitment to political activism has proved to us time and again that he is the right choice to lead AFL-CIO," continued President Gage “We are pleased to give our endorsement of Richard Trumka.”

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