To our brothers and sister from Local 354. My name is Alejandro Montes De Oca, Card #7497312. I apologize for not being in the meeting with you today. As you all know, work has been slow and we must support our Union. I am traveling at this time.
I want to share with you my experience with the EWMC. The Electrical Worker Minority Caucus. The first conference was on January 19th and 20th of 1991. Tue subject of this caucus was " The Next 100 Years '. The focus of the caucus was the IBEW National African American Unity. Our sister, Robbie Spark, from local 2127 Atlanta Georgia. She held the leadership position of the President of the EWMC. She was the first sister to hold this position! Our International President of the IBEW ED Hill, Swore her in.
The mission and goals of the EWMC is:
- To grow and strengthen the IBEW
- Promote equal opportunity and employment for minorities at all levels of the IBEW structure
- Foster leadership development and empower minorities to become active participants and leaders in the IBEW
- Be actively involved in human, civil and woman's rights organizations both within and outside of organized labor.
If we are going to maintain our wages, hours and working conditions, and move this great union forward, we must not ignore our foundation. Let’s make a commitment to increase attendance at unit meetings; promote our local union; educate our friends, family and neighbors on the importance of labor unions; and increase our communication about the professional and safe work that we do daily. Too often we go about our professional and charitable work in such a humble manner that people simply don't know that you are literally powering their communities. This year, let’s work together to educate, communicate and engage other members to ensure that our voices are heard, so we can ensure that the IBEW is around for another 125 years!