A good indicator of where a political figure stands is who steps forth in his defense. In the case of the death of Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO head, it is very clear who were his representatives. Democratic Party big shots praised him as a “warrior” – but for who? He was praised by The NY Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and for good reason. As head of the United Coal Miners between 1982-1995 the coal miners lost strikes because of his strategy and the coal miners as a union fell from 120,000 to 16,000 in 2009.
Trumka supported all the wars and refused to support meatpackers, auto workers, health-care workers and teachers in their quest for protection against COVID. Trumka was a warrior, alright. A warrior AGAINST the working class.