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We have an obligation to raise our voices in 2022 like never before

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, February 26, 2022

By Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President,
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

In December, we reflected on our wins in 2021. Now it is time to reflect on our opportunities for 2022. The resilience and solidarity of the labor movement in the face of COVID-19 has shown what we are capable of achieving together. We’ve protected each other, supported each other, and innovated together within our workplaces and within our communities.

While we still have a long way to go to create a more just economy for workers of all backgrounds, the fire has been lit. The eagerness to persevere and build a better future is felt around every corner.

Workers are winning unions in places previously deemed unorganizable. Workers are taking to the street to demand better contracts. Workers are helping to lead this generation’s once in a lifetime racial reckoning and civil rights advancements throughout our communities.

Workers are winning more resources for infrastructure, education and healthcare that have been whittled away by decades of austerity. Workers are innovating new solutions in our changing economy to have a voice and rights in the workplace.

There is no organization like the labor movement anywhere else in our state or country. Just the sheer numbers and inherent solidarity of the labor movement are enough to set us apart.

But additionally, no other space exists where workers’ voices lead. No other organization exists with members in literally every single neighborhood throughout the state.

There is no organization like the labor movement anywhere else in our state and country…
No other space exists where workers’ voices lead.

We have an obligation to lift our voices in 2022 like never before. Our fellow workers, the people we serve through our work, and our broader communities need us more than ever.

When your union asks you to get involved in your contract campaign, sign up. When it’s time to talk to management, ask about your rights. When the time comes to hold an elected official accountable for their role in the economy, use your voice. Show your union pride in your home and throughout your community.

We need the story of the labor movement to be across headlines and in the forefront of every critical decision in 2022 — and each of you will play an important role in determining that success.

I look forward to sharing and celebrating many great accomplishments with so many of you this coming year.

 

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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