The national Movement for Black Lives took a big step forward on July 20 when the organized labor movement weighed in.
Protests in as many as 100 cities that day rang out with a strong message that Black Lives Matter is a labor issue, an issue that affects the entire labor movement, and affects every individual worker.
The Teamsters union made the case for labor: “Today workers with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined other major national labor organizations, leading racial and social justice groups, and activists in the national Strike for Black Lives.
Strike for Black Lives organizers called on businesses to “dismantle racism, white supremacy, and economic exploitation” and ensure access to union organizing.
“It’s vital for the union movement to support Black Lives Matter.