AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s History

28 Feb

The National Right to Work released this Fact Sheet exposing the violence, murder and corruption in Trumka’s history.

This is the same Richard Trumka who is pals with our Thug-In-Chief who has been inciting violence himself. Matter of fact, he praised Obama’s handling of the Wisconsin uprising on Meet the Press yesterday.

Of course, they’re buds and Trumka talks to Obama or someone in the Administration EVERY DAY.

I’m just going to post the whole thing. Read it for yourself. If you haven’t yet been able to convince yourself that you live in a Thugocracy, you’ll Letterman this too.

What. Ever.

Incoming AFL-CIO President
Richard Trumka:
An Ugly History of Violence and Corruption
Richard Trumka, former United Mine Workers (UMW) union president and
current secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, is expected to be elected this week as
president of the nation’s largest union coalition. Trumka’s record of militancy, disregard
for the rule of law, and condoning of violence by union goons during strikes suggests that
his presidency of the AFL-CIO could usher in a new era of forced-unionism extremism.
Trumka’s reign (1982-1995) as president of United Mine Workers (UMW)
union was marked by militancy, strikes, and union violence
• Trumka’s fiery rhetoric often appeared to condone militancy and violence,
especially against workers who dared to continue to provide for their families by
working during a strike
o “UMWA President Richard Trumka…urged union members to…‘kick
the (expletive) out of every last one of ‘em.’”1
o “You’d have to be very naïve to believe that if management brought in
scabs, there won’t be something somewhere.”2
o “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re
likely to get burned. That doesn’t mean I’m threatening to burn you.
That just means if you strike the match, and you put your finger in it,
common sense will tell you it’ll burn your finger.”3
• That’s exactly what happened during three violent UMW strikes during Trumka’s
o 1993 UMW strike against Peabody Coal — Eddie York, a 39 year old nonunion
worker, “was shot in the back of the head and killed” leaving a job
in Logan County, West Virginia. “Guards told police the truck careened
across the road and went into a ditch. When guards rushed over to
check on York, they continued to be pelted with rocks, guards told
o In a detailed account of the York murder and subsequent investigation,
Reader’s Digest noted that “UMW President Richard Trumka did not
publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York
was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.” 5
o Eventually, the union agreed to let the company “dismiss the eight original
defendants if they were convicted,” but when the company “issued letters
of dismissal to the seven pickets who pleaded guilty,” the union filed a
grievance on their behalf.6
o Trumka and other UMW officials were charged in a $27 million wrongful
death suit by Eddie York’s widow. After fighting the suit intensely for
four years, UMW lawyers settled suddenly in 19977 — just two days after
the judge in the case ruled evidence in the criminal trial would be

o 1985 UMW strike against A.T. Massey Coal — “At the Sprouse Creek
Processing Co., Buddy McCoy was a union man who crossed the picket
line to become a foreman. ‘I had a family to care for,’ says McCoy, who
received a three-stitch gash in the head from marauding strikers after
his defection.”9
o 1989 UMW strike against Pittston Coal — Virginia Circuit Court Judge
Donald McGlothlin Jr. declared that “the evidence shows beyond any
shadow of a doubt that violent activities are being organized,
orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”10
o Unanimous Virginia Supreme Court reinforced Judge McGlothlin’s
findings: “Union officials took active roles in these unlawful activities.
Notwithstanding the large fines, the Union never represented to the court
that it regretted or intended to cease its lawless actions. To the contrary,
the utter defiance of the rule of law continued unabated.”11
Trumka’s tenure as Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO raises serious
questions about how he fulfilled his fiduciary duty
• In 1999, Teamsters political director William Hamilton was convicted of
embezzlement for his part in an illegal fundraising scheme to benefit Teamsters
president Ron Carey’s re-election. “Testimony in the trial implicated that Trumka
personally turned over AFL-CIO funds to the Teamsters and may have been
involved from the start.”12
• Trumka refused to testify, pleading the Fifth Amendment to both a Congressional
committee and the court-appointed election monitor.13
• Trumka also refused to talk with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney about the
charges and dismissively told a reporter “Look, that’s history. History. Total
friggin’ history.”14
• Sweeney refused to follow the AFL-CIO’s policy adopted in 1957, which read “If
a trade union official decides to invoke the Fifth Amendment for his personal
protection and to avoid scrutiny…he has no right to continue to hold office in his
• But Sweeney “has since adopted a two-signature requirement for cash outlays”
because he didn’t know about the $150,000 of AFL-CIO funds Trumka used until
months later.16
• The AFL-CIO also enacted a new “Ethical Practices Code” amending the Fifth
Amendment policy to only expel those union officials “convicted of a felony.”17
• U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who chaired the subcommittee investigating the
charges, said that “It is especially troubling that Mr. Trumka remains a key
official of the AFL-CIO.”18
• Even the New York Times editorial board found Trumka’s behavior “disturbing”
and called on him to resign.19
• Charles LaBella, former head prosecutor for the Justice Department’s campaign
finance task force, told ABC News just before the 2000 Democratic Convention,
“If I were advising a candidate, I would advise him or her very strongly that
[Richard Trumka is] not someone you want to embrace.”20
• Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers union, accused the AFL-CIO in 2009 of using “creative
accounting” to hide its deficit from its members.21
Trumka has been at the forefront of Big Labor’s power grab strategy
• At least by 1994, Trumka was on the record advocating what would become Big
Labor’s central legislative advocacy a decade later in the so-called Employee Free
Choice Act (better known as the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill). In a speech
at a teacher union convention, Trumka called for mandatory binding arbitration
for first contracts and laws requiring recognition of unions via card check.22
• At an AFL-CIO of Virginia convention in 1989, “Trumka told the union he will
stop at nothing short of a complete overhaul of U.S. labor laws and abolition of
the [Right to Work] laws that operate in Virginia and other states.”23

1 Comment

Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Obama, Unions


One response to “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s History

  1. Saddlesore

    February 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    The mere fact that unions need to resort to threats of violence, or worse, actual violence, tells you that the basic thesis behind unionization is flawed. If it were a good idea everyone would want in voluntarily.

    Like all other projects of the left, people need to be coerced into what the left wants….unions, Social Security, Obamacare, etc. But nothing the left promotes actually works very well. Don’t spend that Social Security check in one place………


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