05-30-20 RESPECT RALLY

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Bill Louis

Brothers & Sisters, it is with sadness I come to you with news that we lost a Healthcare Worker

from AFT Local 5123, to COVID-19 on 5-19-2020. Our sister union member wasn’t provided adequate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for the work she was assigned. The shortage of PPE puts workers at risk as the state begins to open, the shortage will affect more and more industries. Without proper protection the pandemic will linger longer and longer with more and more deaths occurring. We want our employer Yale New Haven Health to step up and protect their healthcare workers which wll in turn protect our community.

Four AFT Local unions are hosting a rally to bring attention to this issue with a demand for the Federal Government to step up and utilize the Defense Production Act to start manufacturing sufficient PPE. As well we want to hold all employers accountable to provide Safety, Protection & Respect in the workplace.

We invite you and your membership to join and participate in our Rally scheduled for May 30, 2020 Registration starts at 10:00 AM.  (See Flyer below)

We plan to also do a food drive for The United Way/ Gemma Moran Food Bank. 

WE NEED LABOR TO MAKE STRONG SHOWING. 

Thank you

Dale Cunningham, Sec/Treasurer Local 5049
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Registered Professional Nurses.

With the vacancy created by the retirement of UAW Vice President and Director of the Ford Department Gerald Kariem, the UAW International Executive Board has unanimously elected UAW Region 1A Director Chuck Browning, 57, to fill the remainder of Kariem’s term, which ends in June 2022. Browning will officially assume his new role on July 1, 2021.

Detroit -- With the vacancy created by the election of Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry to the office of president upon the retirement of Rory L. Gamble, the UAW International Executive Board has unanimously elected UAW Region 1 Director Frank Stuglin, 61, to serve as Secretary-Treasurer. His term officially begins on July 1, 2021 and ends in June 2022 at the 38th Constitutional Convention.

Detroit - UAW President Rory L. Gamble informed staff at noon today that he has notified the UAW International Executive Board (IEB) that he will retire at the end of June. He will serve through June 30, 2021.

Under the UAW Constitution, the IEB will elect a successor to serve the remainder of the term through June 2022.

The observance of Juneteenth is recognition of a profound milestone in our nation’s history. And while our struggles for equality in the United States have been long and difficult and sometimes fraught with setbacks and terrible loss, today we reflect on how far we, as Americans, have come in this journey.

A culture of belonging and caring for each other starts with each one of us. In honor of Juneteenth, on Friday, June 18, we are inviting you to acknowledge and celebrate an important moment in U.S. history.

Juneteenth is an annual celebration on June 19 marking the end of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, freedom would not come for many enslaved African Americans until years later. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers brought news of the Civil War’s end to Galveston bringing with them freedom for the 250,000 people enslaved in Texas. Juneteenth was made an official U.S. federal holiday yesterday.

By Rory L. Gamble CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS BELONG TO US ALL Look around your world these days. People are celebrating the diversity of who they are; what makes us all unique, wonderful people. For UAW members in the workplace and at home we live in a time when prejudices are no longer being tolerated, whether it is racial, ethnic, or sexual identity. We find ourselves living in a time where equality in the workplace and in our communities is valued more than it ever has.

My Brothers and Sisters,

We have all been through a year that none of us could have possibly imagined, and I want to begin this message with a note of thanks to my UAW family for their strength and Solidarity in facing a worldwide pandemic that has forever altered all of our lives. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished and I am confident that we will continue to do the hard work to keep one another safe.