AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe over how the school handled several incidents of racism on campus:
We applaud the courageous actions of students and faculty at the University of Missouri who have come together to demand change in response to racism and discrimination on campus. In particular, we commend the university's football players for their brave stand at a time when college athletes receive too little credit for their enormous contributions to their universities.
The labor movement knows the power of collective action through the strike and the significant changes that can be achieved when people speak up together. The AFL-CIO is deeply committed to racial justice and to changing a system that has been rigged against working people for far too long. Together with our allies, the AFL-CIO will continue fighting to ensure that the voices of the marginalized are heard.