That’s Terry Melvin, president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, at a town hall meeting last week.
“All of these things have contributed to the rising deaths of blacks during the pandemic. And we cannot allow this to continue. We can't emerge from this quarantine the same way with the same racist operating moves that we had before; institutionalized oppression has resulted in the deaths of thousands. If we don't act now, we risk the reality of things getting worse. So this is why this moment, we need our voices more than ever. And this is why CBTU and our sibling constituency groups are building new platforms and venues to amplify the voice of true essential workers.”
We’ll be discussing this issue – and taking your calls -- on Your Rights At Work, today at 1 o’clock here on WPFW 89.3.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1956, the AFL-CIO opened its new headquarters building, in view of the White House. The House of Labor, as it’s known in the labor movement, was hit by vandalism and fire during the protests Sunday night, But as AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said, “the labor movement is not a building. We are a living collection of working people who will never stop fighting for economic, social and racial justice.”
Today’s labor quote is by Bonnie Castillo, a Registered Nurse who’s the Executive Director of National Nurses United. Bonnie Castillo, who said:
“We must acknowledge that it is the economic, political, legal, and corporate system that reinforces this crisis. We must push for the transformative changes that will protect the health and safety of everyone, protect our diversity, and protect our democracy.”
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