Be Safe – Celebrate July 4th Union Style

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The celebration this year will be much different than those we’ve celebrated for our entire lifetime since we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and protests are ongoing around our country due to the gross injustices that have occurred.

The Local 223 Executive Board asks you to remember, regardless of how you decide to celebrate or have your voice heard, remember to be safe this holiday.

Please continue to maintain social distancing of six feet and wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We’ve seen reports of several places in Michigan, including East Lansing and Traverse City where they have traced individuals who were out in public and unknowingly spreading the coronavirus. In Texas, one surprise birthday party resulted in 18 family members getting COVID-19, with the father hospitalized in ICU.

If you decide to have a small barbeque with your family to celebrate Independence Day or want to march in protests, please stay safe to keep your family healthy! Avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing.

Also, please support our union sisters and brothers in the union and buy Union-made products. This ensures that you’re buying products made by companies who treat their workers fairly, ensure the safety of its workers and creates a just and secure workplace, part of the mission of Local 223!

Enjoy your 4th of July and stay safe!

In solidarity,

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Dave Cafagna