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Re-imagining public safety will require all of our movement

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 16, 2021

By Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President,
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

Public safety has been the number one issue in the headlines and in our communities over the last two years. Some may say public safety is not a labor issue, but public safety is a core tenant of the labor movement.

OSHA was developed out of a movement of workers who were fed up with workplace conditions that were killing workers and children.

More recently, the safety of our workplaces has been under attack from a deadly virus.

And, just a few months ago, one of our own workplaces experienced a deadly and tragic event with a gunman attacking workers at a health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota.

As workers, we know we must re-imagine public safety. This re-imagination of public safety will require all of our movement.

Public safety has been used to stoke fear for political gain. Now is the time to demand that we have a seat at the table to imagine a new future.

Educators are on the front lines. Mail carriers are in every neighborhood. Bus drivers are moving people to work. We know what’s at stake.

For centuries, public safety has been used to stoke fear for political gain. Now is the time to demand that we have a seat at the table to imagine a new future. A future full of joy, freedom, and safety for all.

That joy, freedom and safety for all will only be possible if we have a wide network of public safety workers holding it up. That’s us, the labor movement.

The conversations ahead are important. We must not shy away from this moment.

 

Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou was re-elected December 11, 2019 to a second four-year term as president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

Contact MRLF president Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou at 612-321-5670 or chelsie@minneapolisunions.org.

 



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