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Trumka, who grew up in western Pennsylvania, was the son of a coal miner and worked in the mines for seven years himself. At Penn State he was an accounting major; after he graduated he went to Villanova and earned a law degree.
He was president of the United Mine Workers union from 1982–95 and since 1995 has been secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, which now has 11 million members.
The Philadelphia Inquirer went back with Trumka to his hometown of Nemacolin, Pa., and produced this profile of him in today’s edition. The AFL-CIO convention is taking place this week in Pittsburgh, just an hour away from Trumka’s hometown.
Tina Hay, editor