The South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO condemns the brutal murder of George Floyd. We stand for Justice and Equality, not only in word, but in deed. Without Justice, there IS no Peace. There is no room for white supremacy, racism, economic exploitation, or police brutality in any form or manner, and in any organization, especially and including within our Unions. When racism rears its ugly head, Unions must have leaders who fight back. Unions have a history of being vigilant in the fight for Justice and Equality, especially during the Civil; Rights Movement. Yet, when a leader is on the side of inequality and injustice, they should not be leading a Union.
We encourage you to read today’s statement from the Minnesota AFL-CIO calling for the immediate resignation of President Bob Kroll of the Police Union in Minneapolis, who “has a long history of bigoted remarks and complaints of violence.” “Kroll is no friend of working Minnesotans and should be the last person entrusted to enforce the law or protect our residents.” We support the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the family of George Floyd, and all workers and community members.
We also encourage you to be apart of a discussion between Labor Leaders addressing racial injustice this Wednesday, June 3rd, at 10 am.
We must always remember: An Injury to One is an Injury to All.
Black Lives Matter.