Monday, September 6, 2021


Derrick Johnson writes:

We’ve made it to Labor Day, and as many of us traditionally use this long weekend to commemorate our workforce, celebrate a day off from work, and mark the beginning of a new season, I want you to remain critically aware of one indisputable fact.

Black people built this country.

But we know all too well, that although America would be a shell of itself without the sweat, tears, and labor of our ancestors, Black people are often the last group to reap the benefits of this nation.

That’s why this labor day, we’re doing things differently.

President Biden has committed to Build Back Better with the American Jobs plan, which is projected to create upwards of 2 million jobs over the next decade. We challenge him to Build Back Black.

Join us for a special session tomorrow, September 7 at 7pm ET, as we convene elected officials, union representatives, and Association leadership to discuss the economic opportunities presented by the Infrastructure Bill, and strategies for implementation that will center and prioritize Black workers, businesses, and Black communities.

Moderated by Bill Fletcher, Labor Activist and author, this conversation has the potential to lead to an advocacy campaign on the administrative implementation of the Plan centered around Black America. Panelists include:

  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
  • Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers (USW)
  • Ryan N. Boyer, African American Caucus President, and Special International Representative, Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
  • Dr. Bill Spriggs - Chief Economist, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

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