THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT
Tipper and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Lane Kirkland.
Lane was a tireless fighter for working families. He had a grand vision of a strong and diverse union dedicated to securing not simply economic justice for working men and women everywhere, but social justice for all. By finding strength in diversity, by working for reunification, by focusing on his principles and not on obstacles, he made that a vision a reality.
But Lane's dedication to the rights of working families was not limited by national boundaries. He called for justice around the globe, working for change and fairness in Chile, China, Cuba, Poland and South Africa.
Lane Kirkland was truly a great man.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Irena, and his family.