In response to the passing of William E. Spriggs, chief economist to the AFL-CIO, Mark Zuckerman, president of The Century Foundation and former deputy director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, released the following:
“Bill Spriggs was the economist of working people. A titan of the labor movement and a champion for economic and racial justice, Bill spent his storied career—which spanned academia, government, and think tanks, advocacy organizations and unions—putting the voices and interests of historically marginalized workers, especially low-wage workers and workers of colors, front and center. The son of a Tuskegee Airman and a world-class economist by training, Bill understood the immense power that the economy has on ordinary people, and spent every day of his professional life trying to make sure that the economy was a force for good in people’s lives.
“The labor movement, and working people across the nation, have lost an incredible leader in Bill’s passing. I send my deepest condolences to Bill’s family, friends, and colleagues during this challenging time.”