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Top labor leader Richard Trumka dies unexpectedly

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who led the largest federation of unions in the country for over a decade, has died at 72.

The big picture: Trumka began working as a coal miner in 1968 and would go on to dedicate his life to the labor movement, including as president of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO beginning in 2009. Trumka was a close ally of President Biden, who called him a "personal friend" upon hearing the news of his death on Thursday.

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