AFSCME Ohio Council 8 stands with Black Lives Matter

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 stands with Black Lives Matter.  Our union embraced the concepts driving Black Lives Matter well before the current protests triggered by the tragic death of George Floyd.

In 2015, the deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others, shocked the conscience of AFSCME Ohio Council 8’s leaders who were moved to action.  We organized a frank and honest discussion about racial and economic justice in America as the center piece of our union’s 28th biennial convention in Cincinnati Ohio.

John Ackison President of AFSCME Local 1699. Local 1699 is one of more than 150 Ohio Council 8 local unions that has participated in the council’s Implicit Bias Awareness training program.

We did more than just talk. That ground-breaking and thoughtful discussion lead by participants from Black Lives Matter, the faith community, community-based law enforcement, and academic and social activists, resulted in the convention’s unanimous adoption of resolution to establish a standing committee to promote Racial and Economic Justice within our union, on the job and in our communities.

Working with AFSCME educators, leaders and activists, the committee spent a year developing a program focused on educating our members about Implicit Bias and how it affects how we interact with people of another race despite our good intentions and conscious feelings.

By 2017, all Council 8 staff participated in a train-the-trainer program and the program was offered to our local union leaders and members.

Since that time Implicit Bias awareness is now a permanent part of all AFSCME Ohio Council 8 leadership and activist training and has reached more than 150 local unions.

The labor movement is at its core an equality movement. We seek to represent our members without regard to color, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion. We demand dignity and respect and to be recognized only on our ability to do the job and our dedication in service.

For every moment we fail to act, we are condemning another mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter to economic and social inequality on the job and injustice and violence in our communities.

We proudly stand with Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter signs are available at Council 8 Regional Offices.

6800 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085-2512
Phone: 614-841-1918
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