These three words: I can’t breathe…it only takes 8 minutes to change the world, a little bravery to record an injustice, a moment to decide to take stand, but it takes practicing a lifetime of silence when picking a side might mean life or death.
I can’t breathe; applies to all COVID-19 patients who include our Caregivers, family members and friends, who are fighting to live, work and exist. Thank you to everyone who has shown a united front: coming to work every day to serve the most vulnerable, standing next to your brother or sister in protests or going live on social media during an emotional moment. During these times, UNITY is important. This is what the UAW stands for and your VOICE matters.
Our new reality may now be personal protective gear or make shift facemasks when in short supply. Thank you to those who used your gifts to make masks and help others. It only takes 8 minutes or less to communicate needing help or safety, let us take that time to show love and support. Please continue to do your part by attending unconventional methods of virtual meetings and emailed instructions to remain safe. In return, we will continue to ensure our Caregivers successful returns to their positons safely except for those who have special situations of continuous voluntary furlough, childcare and immune-deficient health concerns.
As the President of Local 4911, I would like to ask, what would you do if you heard someone say, “ I can’t breathe?” I challenge you: Please do not let it take you more than 8 minutes to respond. Do Not Be Silent, We Are the UAW!