WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement on the passing of Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO):

“Richard Trumka was a passionate, effective, tireless advocate for working people in this country. Rich spent his life devoted to labor rights, and for more than a decade, championed workers as the president of the AFL-CIO. There was no better friend to labor or tougher negotiator than him. Annie and I send our prayers to Barbara, Rich Jr., and his family and friends.”