Why We Celebrate Juneteenth
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
 
Juneteenth is about freedom. It represents the end of slavery and the beginning of our journey towards an America that represents and includes everyone. 
 
Every day, the Machinists Union is proud to fight for justice on and off the job. While we remember our history advancing the causes of civil, human and workers’ rights, we know we have much further to go. The painful reminders of modern day discrimination and hate are all too common. 
 
On Juneteenth, now taking its rightful place as a federal holiday, let’s recommit ourselves to making equal opportunity a reality. Let’s grow our union and fight for every working family. The Fighting Machinists will always be on the right side of history. 
 
In solidarity,
 
 
Richard Johnsen
Chief of Staff to the International President 
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