Union Gangsters: Richard Trumka

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


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[Editor's note: The following is the second installment of FrontPage's new series, "Union Gangsters." In this profile, award-winning investigative reporter Matthew Vadum unmasks Big Labor kingpin Richard Trumka, whose dirty agitation tactics have earned him the moniker "thug-in-chief." To read about union consigliere Craig Becker, click here.]

Richard Trumka is a thug’s thug, and a crafty one at that.

The AFL-CIO boss believes the end justifies the means. Breaking the law is acceptable if it advances the cause. Unions should “forget about the law; this is about more than that,” he said at the “Future of Unions” roundtable in Detroit on April 7.

Like many union leaders, occasionally the slippery Trumka pretends to like capitalism. He supports vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, not because he actually believes in them, but because his members work in industries that depend on their enforcement. Turning a blind eye to the manufacture of counterfeit machine parts could put union members out of work.

But unlike most high-profile leftists, Trumka doesn’t even make an effort to conceal his radicalism. “Being called a socialist is a step up for me,” he told Bloomberg News in June. In 1994, Trumka proudly accepted the Eugene Debs Award named after the five-time presidential candidate and labor organizer who founded the Socialist Party of America.

As an AFL-CIO executive, Trumka helped to create “Union Summer,” a program for training young people as organizers and political activists. Participants were made to recite a pledge called “Working Class Commitment” that included the Marxist idea “that we [union workers] produce the world’s wealth … [and] will end all oppression.”

Trumka, a mine worker-cum-lawyer, admits he got involved in “the labor movement not because I wanted to negotiate wages,” but “because I saw it as a vehicle to do massive social change to include lots of people.” As he’s climbed the ranks of AFL-CIO leadership, Trumka has moved away from his modest roots. His 2011 compensation package at AFL-CIO totaled $293,750, according to LM-2 disclosure forms on file with the U.S. Department of Labor. Trumka apparently lives in a four-bathroom house assessed at $747,650 in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

He helped to turn the AFL-CIO away from boosting wages and improving working conditions. Now, the labor federation focuses on recruiting government workers who benefit from higher tax rates and bigger government, a growing constituency within the Democratic Party. The federation also blackmails employers by generating adverse publicity, harassing investors, and linking arms with the media and radical activists.

While at the helm of the AFL-CIO, Trumka helped repeal a longtime rule that banned Communists and fellow-travelers from leadership positions in the organization and its unions. The move to open the previously patriotic union to subversives delighted the Communist Party USA. “The radical shift in both leadership and policy is a very positive, even historic change,” CPUSA National Chairman Gus Hall said in 1996.

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  • John_Kelly

    Trumpka is nothing more than an arrogant tin-horn despot with delusions of grandeur.

    However this loud mouthed, obnoxious moron and his mindless minions have one thing going for them. They are useful tools to the "anointed one" and his Socialist agenda to "fundamentally transform America."

  • jacob

    And with the Dept. of Justice we now have and Mr. Holder at its helm, Mr TRUMKA
    is assured no one in govmt. will bother him….

    Until we achieve getting OBAMA and the DEMOCRAPS out of power and then fix
    his wagon for good as AL CAPONE's was….

  • kafir4life

    Wasn't Trumka in the original Star Wars movies? I can't recall the character, but I seem to remember he had Princess Lia on a leash. He trimmed down some for the role, but seems to be back to his normal weight.

    He's the poster child for shiftless.

    • Dennis X

      Wrong your thinking of jaba the rush, de facto head of the repubican party.

      • jasonz

        rather rush than soros anyday.

      • kafir4life

        Dennis! Such a clever little obamabot! Has he offerred you a job? No? He's got no jobs for you? You'll have to spend another couple years in daddy's basement? Or do you not know who your daddy is?

        And that's "You are" or "you're", not "your"….moron.

  • maturin20

    Compared to true union radicals of past and present, this guy is a puffball. I'm guessing you picked him to profile just so you could use that hilarious photo.

    • jasonz

      no he is just very dangerous in a different way, a 21st century way. dont underestimate the threat

      • maturin20

        A 21st century way? He doesn't know how to read, but he has a lot of toys?

    • bikelikemike

      You're an idiot. Did you read the scumbag's profile here? Or go to DTN to read a much more indepth profile of all the criminal and violent activities he's committed?? You can pull the shades on the truth, but those of us who are honest will not. Go ahead; continue to be a dishonest scumbag yourself.

  • kafir4life

    Avoid union made goods whenever possible. I would never buy a product made by a manufacturer that had to be "bailed out" nor one that employs union workers. 2 of the 3 auto companies in this country fit into both categories, the third is just union.
    I've been in three unions. Each more crooked than the previous.

    • M.J.

      Don't forget 40% of union workers are conservative. I worked in a union shop. I found most of the people are not thugs and are decent workers. Don't lump everyone together. Would I like to see my state Michigan become aright-to-work state? You bet I would! And Trumka is an evil man.

      • kafir4life

        M.J. – I certainly didn't say or mean to imply that the workers are the problem. Most union workers that I know would rather not be in the union, and those that do typically have less than stellar work records. I had no choice but to join each and every of the three unions I was in so I could feed my family. Once a union has taken over a company, they are impossible to extract, even if the workers don't want them. Michigan will never be a right to work state. Sorry about that.

        • bikelikemike

          HAHAHA!!! How WRONG you were, huh kafir??? Just signed into law yesterday!!!

      • bikelikemike

        Well today is your lucky day! (yesterday, actually) Thank God for the Republican Governor!!!

    • Paul

      I'm sure you're now much better off making $1.20 per hour in China like your Kardashian freinds in California. We need to bring back child labor. Welcome home one percenter. You never worked a real day in your life and never paid a day of your taxes. You are nothing more than a spoiled rich kid who inherited everything you have. LOL

  • scum

    Of course, corporatoins always follow the letter of the law. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

    • jasonz

      wow thats a great excuse. so let me understand something its ok for unions to terrorize and destroy at will because you think businesses 'dont follow the letter of the law'? right? im sure you have proof of specific wrong doing? no? wow so it looks like you dont have a leg to stand on do ya zippy? i guess ity should be ok to rob you because im sure you dont follow the law either?

      • coyote3

        Sure, Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, and Gregory Hernandez did it, why can't I?

  • sononthe_beach

    Trumpka is a militant thug. On the other hand, it's difficult to take seriously some guy who looks like a fat hamster.

    • jasonz

      careful mate. take this dude VERY serously. this is the guy thats get the people to riot and destroy like the longshoreman union. that fat hamster has the backing of the pos govt. its his type that are activly fighting and keeping jobs being created

      • bikelikemike

        I've never feared ANY man. I would give my right nut to have the chance to meet this guy in person. I'd try like hell to pick a fight with him. (I don't care if 30 thugs beat me to a pulp) And boy oh boy would I love to catch him alone in an alley. Matter of fact, I'd consider actually hunting this vermin- from afar. This is the sort of puke that is destroying our nation. I wonder often if the tea party can't effect the right kind of change to fix our country, perhaps we should go to work like Jason Bourne. I'd gladly quit my day job to help.

    • M.J.

      Good one!

    • Robert Norwood

      A fat hamster impersonating Ernst Roehm.

  • BLJ

    Hopefully he ends up like Jimmy Hoffa Sr. What a loser.

    • UCSPanther

      Jimmy Hoffa Sr. swam with the sharks (The mob) in a desperate attempt to maintain his power after the Kennedy and Johnson administrations made moves to curb his power and corruption (And after he did time for white collar crimes).

      His mysterious disappearance after meeting with some suspected mobsters was the price of swimming with said sharks.

    • Anamah

      I am more worried for American capo mafia. Is unbelievable to me how Justice is unable to clean those dangerous corrupted parasites.

      • bikelikemike

        Of course you realize that there is no justice in our criminal government. I believe we need to get it done ourselves. Seriously. I'm no kook. Back in the day- our earliest patriots went after tyranny in the dark of night. Look up the bricks through the windows brigade thingy. With this creep being so obviously evil as they come… who wouldn't advocate his permanent disappearance? I'm more than ready to be a patriot soldier.

  • mrbean

    Badda,,baddda bing… Tony says somebody's gonna gt wacked!

  • Omar Said

    We have a muzlim president who has hired communist thugs as his confidants. Elections have consequences and we are losing America to the scum of the world while the muzlims dance in the streets.

  • Anamah

    Prevent the fraud in 2012 election.

    • mrbean

      Democrats will vote early and often and posthumously.

    • bikelikemike

      The RNC failed to do one single thing about it!!! This is AS much our problem now. The RNC and the GOP establishment elites need to be purged of the good old boys network and its' kings and queens who could give a rat's asz about representing us. OR… we need to consolidate a valid Conservative/ Libertarian party.

  • mrbean

    In 1,551 U.S. cities, according to the FBI tally for 1956, Negroes, making up 10% of the U.S. population, accounted for about 30% of all arrests, and 60% of the arrests for crimes involving violence or threat of bodily harm—murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In one city after another, the figures—where they are not hidden or suppressed by politicians—reveal a shocking pattern.

    • alexander

      why Food Stamp, Link card, Welfare etc. frauds are not only not pursued, but encouraged?
      Because they are Dem voters.
      With our money we are being screwedddddddd. My ashe hurts from that, my nipples hurt from being milked 24/7, and I am a male.

    • bikelikemike

      I hope you realize it isn't the color of their skin, but their conditions/ situations. We conservatives need desperately to educate them as to the intentional screwing and using of them by the democrat party, and that our policies would actually help them to grow pride, self-sustenance and their own wealth. They've been kept down to feed the disingenuous party of dirtbags, and kept dumb to facilitate it. Sad.

  • alexander

    there are so many of them Stalin-wannabes: FuBAR ACK, F.U.B.A.R. Trumka, FUBAR Holder, FUBAR tzars, etc.

  • eddie

    Richard Trumka is a hero to all workers, God Bless him and his holy work.

    • Robert Norwood

      God bless his corporate union jet and half mil salary. God bless fat cats every one. What, you thought he was doing this out of the some rightness of a cause? Where you been, Unions outlived their usefulness long ago. Right now it's keep the teeth clamped to the teat at any price.

    • bikelikemike

      You're really this stupid? You don't read so well? He doesn't care a bit about the workers. All he cares about is provoking class- envy/ warfare ONLY to nurture a garden of morons who NEED other people to help them tie their shoes in the morning.. and they'll all give this millionaire some of their money every single working hour. Wake up eddie. He's got the easiest job in this country!! All he does is mouth off and tell other people to continue the socialist/ communist, anti-capitalist methods that are already in place, and he gets millions and TONS of unreported "gifts" each year. Al Capone would be so proud.

    • bikelikemike

      You mean liberal union workers- only, which is a miniscule percentage of the population, dummy. I wouldn't take a union job if it was the last job in the country. I'm a self made man. I'm not such a worthless, helpless, wimpy, inarticulate, little puke that I couldn't create my own industry. I'd gladly use my hammer and saw to make a casket for this evil POS. God will certainly throw this piece of garbage in a lake of fire.

  • Amagi

    Well, the feds have just unionized the TSA and when we are fully indoctrinated into Obamacare they will unionize the medical workers and that will be that. Plans are underway to control the internet, for our own good of course. We will never even have the illusion of choice, which is what we have now. I feel sad, sick really, that my granddaughter will grow up in this Amerika.
    I will continue to fight (I am a Ron Paul republican after all), but sometimes it is so discouraging to see thugs like Trumka preying on people's envy of others to control them, and they are totally unaware of being led to the slaughter. Obama is really just a trained puppet for them.

    • bikelikemike

      I hope you realize that if you voted for Ron Paul you were only throwing your vote down the toilet. I like the guy immensely, but… he didn't have the charm, height, looks, hair, voice. No sh!t. Sad to say, it's a beauty contest. Most people are idiots. Ron Paul not only fails miserably in each attribute I mentioned, but he scares the crap out of the establishment republican party!! We need Jim DeMint, John Kasich or Marco Rubio to run. they're all brilliant, articulate, smooth, and can articulate the right message without causing the jerks in the RNC to work against them.

  • Robert Norwood

    Put him in an SA uniform and man would he be an Ernst Roehm look-alike or what?

  • Ron

    I'm convinced there is a difference between an honest capitalism and the society that our grandees are forming today. What is Mr. Trumka fighting for? Better wages for people who need them. What are the CEO's fighting for? To amass more wealth than any thousand of their workers struggling to make ends meet. I'll side with Trumka any day.

  • Miranda Grant

    What a thug!

  • rr

    mafia connections