Union Times – 25 Oct 2019

Diversity through Inclusion

By Juanita Ray, Local 223 UWUA Treasurer

This month, I would like to talk about how we can strive to embrace and celebrate diversity through inclusion.

The definition of diversity is the state or fact of being different; the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc. while inclusion is self-explanatory and means to include.

In the workplace, organizations are making a concerted effort to be more conscious and inclusive of diversity among its employees. Although I applaud the effort towards diversity, without Inclusion, diversity alone is just that “diversity” Inclusion is the legs to getting the most out of diversity. Whether it is schools, churches, governments, communities or unions—must know that inclusion is the key. It is the shared ideas from multiple diverse people that can skyrocket any industry to the next level.

So how can organizations use inclusion to learn to embrace and respect the diversity that is all around us? Incorporate workplace learning opportunities and interactive events where you get to know the people you work with. Share your idea; ask someone outside of your circle of influence, what do you think?  It is these activities that can take a company or union from good to great. Without inclusion, diversity stands alone. It’s up to us to open ourselves up to diversity by including others—and that will net us the rich experiences that diversity can provide.

Let’s put our hearts and minds together and continue the course to embrace all diversity through inclusion at work and in our homes, schools and communities.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We wear pink to celebrate all our survivors. We wear pink for all our supporters. We wear pink for all the researchers, scientists and doctors who work diligently every day for a cure.

Susan G. Komen was one of our soldiers who fought and finally succumbed to the devastation of breast cancer in 1980. Her sister Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. This organization known as Susan G. Komen was established in 1982 and has grown to become the largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. They have reduced deaths from breast cancer by 40% between 1989- 2017. They are on track to have deaths reduced by 50% by 2025. Their commitment to the cure will continue and Nancy’s promise will be fulfilled.

Susan G. Komen

Our Sisters and Brothers of Local 223 will strive to help keep the promise. We remind all women to get their mammograms. Early detection can save your lives. We also suggest that our men do the same.

Thank you brothers and sisters for your continued support.

Contact information for Susan G. Komen: 

Breast Cancer Helpline -1-877- Go-Komen (1-877-465-6636)

Email- ( helpline@komen .org)

In solidarity, Women’s Committee – Local 223 UWUA

Help Support Darlene Husband in Her Quest to Bring an End to Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Men can get breast cancer, too – over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Learn more about male breast cancer: https://bit.ly/2r9nisQ.

One of Local 223’s members, Darlene Husband, is a breast cancer survivor who has participated in the Susan G Komen 3-Day for 14 years.

Each August she takes a journey to never give up until an end comes to this dreaded disease. In 2020, she plans to walk in Chicago and San Diego in 2020. Once again she asks for your support as she continue to take on this incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer.

“The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer,” said Darlene. “That’s why I’m walking and raising money—to make that goal a reality. I believe “WE CAN, I believe “WE WILL”!

Consider making a donation today to help Darlene reach her goal of ending this devastating disease!

Update on GM UAW Tentative


UAW Members to Stay on Strike until Ratification

Local General Motors UAW leaders from around the country today announced that the UAW GM National Council voted to accept the Tentative Agreement with General Motors. UAW workers will remain on strike until ratification.

The ratification informational meetings and vote will take place beginning Saturday, October 19 and ending Friday, October 25, 2019. Members should contact their UAW Locals for dates and times for meetings and voting.

“We thank the public for their support during the strike and their continued support as UAW GM members review the tentative agreement,” UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department Terry Dittes said. “Ultimately, UAW members will make the decision to ratify the agreement. Their unity and solidarity brought us to this moment.”

— Story from UAW.org

Follow UAW in the coming week on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uaw.unionTwitter: https://twitter.com/uawUAW website: https://uaw.org/

Don’t Forget to Vote in Local Elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5

Many communities, especially Cities, have elections this year. Visit the League’s non-partisan voter guide, VOTE411, for information about candidates and proposals that will appear on your ballot. Just plug in your address and you’ll find out more about what you need to research and vote on in the upcoming election.

Actively participating in the political and legislative process is a key way for a union member to help ensure that our communities provide a just and secure workplace and society.

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