Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As trade unionists and as Americans, we were outraged and heartsick at the horror of George Floyd’s death on May 25. It was yet another tragedy in a long and sorrowful history of the divisiveness of racism in this nation. Since that day in communities from coast to coast, we have seen Americans from all walks of life, black, brown and white, stand together to demand change. To demand – finally – that we address the systemic racial divide that has plagued our nation since its inception.
On Friday, June 19, at 8:46 a.m. in each time zone, UAW members and allies across the globe will pause for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the agonizing amount of time that George Floyd lay on an American street begging for his life. We do this in support of the millions who are demanding an end to racism and hate and calling for real reforms.
Join us on June 19 at 8:46 am as we stop work for 8 minutes 46 seconds to reflect on the horrific event of May 25 and support the call for change.
We know that our members work in different circumstances and industries. Please do not stop work unless authorized. The UAW leadership is working across the country to facilitate peaceful and orderly stand downs. Some must care for patients or engage with customers. Please do not abandon patients or customers. Please figure out a way to engage in the protest in the way that works for you.
Rory L. Gamble