At the UMWA, Trumka led two major strikes against the Pittston Coal Co. and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association that resulted in significant advances in employer-employee cooperation and the enhancement of mine workers job security, pensions and benefits. In 1994, President Clinton named him to the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, where he represented the interests of working families. Richard L. Trumka was elected Oct. 25, 1995 as the youngest secretary-treasurer in AFL-CIO history. At the time of his election, he was serving his third term as president of the Mine Workers. Born in Nemacolin, Pa., on July 24, 1949, Trumka was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council in 1989 as the UMWA reaffiliated with the federation.
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