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On Wednesday afternoon, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of twenty-eight of our brothers and sisters aboard the cargo ship El Faro. These brave men and women left an incredible mark on their communities, both on land and at sea via their hard work and steadfast commitment to the maritime trade. 

“On behalf of Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and the twelve and a half million working men and women of the AFL-CIO, we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the lost mariners, their colleagues and their communities.”

The MTD has learned that the AFL-CIO will lower its flags outside its Washington, DC, headquarters on Friday, October 9 in memory of the El Faro crew.