Members of AFSCME’s Racial, Social and Economic Justice Working (RSEJW) Group brought their core message to the 43rd International Convention – that promoting equality and respect must happen within our union and beyond.
The chair of the RSEJW Working Group, Denise Berkley (CSEA), spoke about the group’s work and future goals.
“My fellow work group members and I are fighting to make sure that racial and economic justice reaches every corner of our union and our communities,” said Berkley.
Two years ago, at AFSCME’s 42nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas, delegates adopted Resolution 51, acknowledging AFSCME as “a diverse union that has always stood for racial and economic justice, solidarity and equality.” One of the work group’s top priorities is “fostering a fair economic system that benefits all people and promoting a civil dialogue across different communities.”
The work continues at the “Rise Up Institute.” Among the courses being offered are “Connecting the Dots: Race, Gender and Economic Inequality” and “Beyond Bias: An Introduction to Implicit Bias.”