Thankful for my union family

Thank you. During this holiday, when many of us are still on the frontlines keeping our community safer and families are making sacrifices by keeping celebrations small, we have much to be thankful for.

We have demanded that employers treat us as essential – not expendable. Bosses must #ProtectAllWorkers.

Thankfully, we have more allies in that fight, including Supervisors Elect Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas, who will join Nathan Fletcher as a pro-working family majority on the San Diego Board of Supervisors. This caps more than a decade of our work to elect candidates to the Board who support communities and the workers who provide essential services.

We are also thankful for the renewed fight to end anti-Black racism in our institutions, over-policing of Black and Brown neighborhoods and under investment in critical public services. We should also center, celebrate and honor the Indigenous peoples of our nation. In San Diego, we are living on the stolen land of the Cahuilla, CupeƱo, Luiseno and Kumeyaay people. In Imperial County, we are living on the stolen land of Quechan people. We must always remember and acknowledge this.

We still have a lot more work to do. As we take time to rest and reflect this weekend, sign the petition demanding County executives invest in worker and community health and provide relief to working families. This is especially important as the pandemic begins to surge again.

I am thankful for my union family. We have worked hard to protect working people and the communities we live in and serve. The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, our region and our county, but I am thankful for the hard work we are doing together to make us all safer, better prepare us and prevent this from happening again.

In Solidarity,

David Garcias
SEIU Local 221 President

P.S. – Sign up a nonunion member, to grow our power and show management we are standing strong. You can sign a membership card online by following this link.

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