Despite COVID, Bloomington local unions carried on a 38-year tradition by again hosting a Children’s Christmas Party for low-income families.
Co-sponsored by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly, the party was usually at Bloomington High School.
Because of COVID, the Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly is not hosting a 2020 Labor Day Parade. This chosen theme was “150 Years of Struggle: Your Right to Vote.” The parade was to highlight the 150th anniversary of the 15th Constitutional Amendment, which extended voting rights to African-American males in 1870, and the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, when women won the right to vote. This video includes rank and file union members from LIUNA Local 362, UA Local 99, Carpenters Local 237, AFSCME 699, IATSE Local 193, IBEW Local 197 and Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers - Grain Millers Local 342, sharing why they think the right to vote is important.
The scourge of violence against Black people in America has reached a tipping point, and it is critical that federal, state, local officials and all of us take comprehensive action to redesign policing and address longstanding structural racism. Union members live and work in every state and in every community, so when police abuse occurs, it happens in our backyards and to our families.