I would like to start off my June report by thanking and recognizing all the protesters’ efforts to make a change. My family and I stand with Black Lives Matter, with the fight for reform in this country, and our thoughts are with all the families that have been affected by police brutality. We need change in this country, and it can be accomplished this November when we vote for elected officials that have our same values. Please remember the IBEW is a labor movement and all Unions were built by people that protested in the streets, fought for safe work conditions, fair wages, and human rights; but our fight is never over. Furthermore, despite the Trump administrations’ relentless efforts to suggest that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not extend to gender identification, the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise. On June 15th it was deemed that all individuals regardless of gender identification are covered under said act. Another landmark victory for civil rights and our Brothers and Sisters of the LGBTQ community.
With the spikes in Covid-19 and the members of the IBEW LU11 deemed essential workers, we all need to remember to keep our masks on, wash our hands, and practice social distancing. The work picture is still holding steady and we have some very large jobs on the horizon. As I have said before, it is my honor and privilege to serve you as your D-6 BA and I will strive to never let you down. Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any concerns or problems in District-6. Be safe out there.
I would like to leave you with words of wisdom that I constantly reflect on:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.