I learned a couple of hours ago when my staff came in that a close friend of mine — and I think of many of you as well — Richard Trumka, died today from a heart attack. The reason I was a few minutes late coming out, and I apologize for that, I was talking to his wife. And to his son who called. He wasn’t just a great labor leader, he was a friend, a friend of yours, too, Debbie, I think. And he’s someone I could confide in, and you knew whatever he said he’d do, he would do. It was simple, Tommy. You knew him well as well. He was always there. He was an American worker, always fighting for working people, protecting their wages their safety, their pensions and their ability to build a middle class life. I’ve also believe that the middle class build America, but I know who built the middle class: unions. Unions built the middle class. There’s no doubt that Richard Trumka helped build unions all across this country.

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