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MRLF accepting nominations for local Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice

From the Minneapolis Labor Review
October 28, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS —The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO is seeking nominations for union members to serve on a local Commission on Racial and Economic Justice.

The deadline to submit names for consideration is Monday, November 14.

The local Commission grew from a February 2016 visit to Minneapolis by the national AFL-CIO’s Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice (Labor Review, February 19, 2016).

The purpose of the local MRLF Commission will be to develop tools and processes to supplement a growth-oriented strategy that addresses racial disparities within our unions and in our campaigns for the betterment of our unions, people of color and our communities.

“Please spread the word far and wide that we are looking for people who are interested in serving on the Commission,” said MRLF president Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou.  “We are hoping for a diverse pool of candidates across all unions, experience levels and geographies.”

Those interested in serving should submit an e-mail indicating their interest along with a brief sentence on why you or who you are nominating would be a good candidate for the Commission. 

Nominations must include full name, union and local, occupation, mailing address, e-mail and cell phone.

Send nominations via e-mail message to chelsie@minneapolisunions.org by the November 14 deadline. Individuals can apply for yourself, or you can nominate another union member.

For more information on the Commission and the role of its members, visit www.minneapolisunions.org.

The commission will be co-chaired by MRLF president Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou and an appointee of POCUM, the MRLF’s People of Color Union Members caucus.

NALC Branch 9’s Cathy Jones will co-chair Commission

In August, POCUM elected Cathy Jones to be the first co-chair for the MRLF’s Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. Jones is a member of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9.

“As a rank and file member, I can’t think of a more important commission to be involved with, particularly at this moment in the history of the labor movement,” Jones said. “I see endless possibilities of workers coming together in solidarity, joining forces, building and organizing towards a common goal; justice for workers.”

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