From the Front Lines: Inclusion through Community Partnership

From the Front Lines: Inclusion through Community Partnership


(heavy rock music) – [Ken] Everyone is welcome
to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. I don’t care what your gender
is, your race, your story. If you walk in here and give
us blood, sweat, and tears, you too can be one of us. (hard rock music) Because together, we are strong enough to stand up for better rights. That means everyone is represented. – [Madison] One of the key
things is to have more women join our crafts as our allies, right? It’s our male journeymen,
it’s our male business agents, it’s our male leadership
and having those allies to help bridge that gap of having women into our crafts is absolutely essential. – [Ash] We know that there
are a lot of big battles that occur and have been happening for a long time in our state. How you can have an economy that’s booming and at the same time take care of everyone in your state and the labor movement
is the way we do that. – We’re trying to recruit women
in the construction trades. We’re lacking. Eight and a half percent
of our trades are women. In some of our industries
it’s less than a percent. We need to have a consistent
policy for harassment. – Building trust at the local level is one of the most essential
parts of our efforts. – [Enrique] Good morning. – [Audience] Good morning. – How’s everyone feeling this morning? – Good. – How do we feel about our
community this morning? (crowd cheers) – We’re doing all of this
because we think all workers and their families deserve a better life and that starts with our own
cities and neighborhoods. – [Dr. Morcease] Our
students will have access to the career opportunities that are afforded through
this organization. So we’re partnering with
organizations that are offering to our community, our
students, an opportunity to have what I call
family supporting wages, cause I want all of our kids to understand that they have options. What matters is that
their gainfully employed, that they can make a salary, that they can take care of
themselves and their families. That is very important. (Applause) Very important. – We don’t want to give people a handout because it makes us feel good. We want to help find lasting solutions because this is our home. – Save TPS. Save TPS. Save TPS. Save TPS. Save TPS. Save TPS. Save TPS. (speaking Spanish) – [Raja] Good morning. Please have seat. – Congressman, I just want
to start off and thank you for everything you do for organized labor and we’re here to look up
the message of TPS members and look for a solution of that. – [Vanessa] I was on of the
first 50 people in Chicago to get the first DACA application, but behind me there
were ten thousand people waiting for their DACA. – I think sometimes people forget that there are real
human beings associated with these programs and their
part of our communities. So, I’m really glad all of you
are joining forces on this. So thank you for doing that. It means a lot to me. (rock music) – [Ken] Union, unity, united. It means we’re all here. Now is the time to expand the
tent so everyone is included. So we can all work together to meet every challenge in our industry. – We are Union. – We are Union. – We are Union. – We are Union. (rock music)

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