New York -- Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers working in live theatre, released the following statement from President Kate Shindle in response to the news that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has died: 

"Today we mourn the sudden loss of a remarkable leader. President Trumka lived his values and encouraged the entire labor movement to do the same. Every labor leader should aspire to champion the rights of workers as passionately as he did, while extending his hand in partnership to all who believe in our cause. In addition, he drew clear and important lines around associating with bigotry. The entirety of Actors’ Equity Association extends our sincere condolences to Rich’s loved ones, and we know his spirit will live on in our continued fight for the dignity and rights of all workers. Even as we digest this unexpected news, we must redouble our efforts to pass the PRO Act, which I hope will be a fitting way to honor President Trumka’s legacy."

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA.  #EquityWorks  

August 5, 2021