Unfortunately for many people in our communities, we still live in a society that has become ingrained with inequities and inequality for the same injustices that Dr. King marched and protested against.
We celebrate this day as we continue our mission to improve the lives of our members and their families and renew our efforts to build strength in both our Union and our communities. With the recent tragedies across the country, it is up to us to take a stand and raise our individual and collective voices by becoming more involved with social justice issues affecting poor people, women, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, and other disenfranchised groups.
As Dr. King said, “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.” It is the challenge of our time that we preserve that hope and continue that progress by recognizing that justice is key to inspiring change and to uniting working people across the lines that our opponents use to divide us.
We are stronger together.
Becky Williams, President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH