We still live in a world divided in many ways by color lines. and the fight against racism is about whom we choose to be. And it is about whether working people will be able stand together and raise wages in the America of the 21st century.
Last year, the AFL-CIO launched a Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice to facilitate a broad conversation with local labor leaders around racial and economic disparities and institutional biases, and to identify ways to become more inclusive as the new entrants to the labor force diversify.
The Labor Commission engaged in labor discussions around the country, addressing racial and economic issues impacting the labor movement and offering recommendations for change. It created a safe, structured and constructive opportunity for local union leaders to discuss issues pertaining to the persistence of racial injustice today in the workforce and in their communities, and to ensure that the voices of all working people in the labor movement are heard. The results of the commission are encapsulated in this report and in the toolkit designed to faciliate discussion at the city and state levels.