There’s a reckoning going on in America about race. From the historic guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd to the outcry against Georgia Republicans’ efforts to pass laws discouraging Black Georgia residents from voting — there’s a renewed discussion about how structural racism hurts people of color.
While I’m glad 2020 is behind us, it confirmed two really important things for me. First, SEIU 721 members are courageous, committed and resourceful enough to hold our communities together in the face of the worst crisis in modern times. Second, these same qualities helped us build a union that fought to protect frontline workers when the White House refused to.
Nelson Mandela said “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” Wise words, because the fight for workers’ rights these days isn’t just hard — more often than not, it’s also long. That’s why having a strong union is so important, you have to have the resources to stay in the fight for as long as it takes.