A legacy of social and economic justice
This January 16, I feel that it is important to remember that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a day that we have off from work. It is an opportunity to reflect on the man and the legacy he left for us all.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome.”
In our work and our lives, his words and legacy have inspired us all.
We will always strive to have the power to give our members – and all Californians – the opportunity to have a good life and enjoy the fruits of social, economic and environmental justice. Our commitment is not only etched in our purpose statement, it drives our actions and our deeds.
Remember that regardless of the moment we are in, our purpose and our movement always live on. We will continue the march. And we are always ready.
Yvonne R. Walker, President