In recognition of Labor Day 2021, NAACP is hosting a Labor Action Week, beginning today September 2 through September 9, 2021. Throughout the week of activities, we are celebrating and recognizing the historic role of Black workers in advocating for workers’ rights and supporting a robust economy.
Back in April, President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan as part of the administration’s Build Back Better initiative to rescue, recover, and rebuild our country due to the pandemic. The plan would create upwards of 2 million jobs per year for the next decade.
This once-in-a-lifetime legislation must prioritize the economic and employment needs of Black America.
Given the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to a long history of systemic racism, the Build Back Better Plan must stimulate Black wealth and decrease the racial wealth gap by creating new union jobs in trade, technology, and other key industries, meaning increased access and employment opportunities for Black workers.
Building Back Black: An Infrastructure & Jobs Plan that Works for Black America
Join us this Labor Action Week for a series of events that bring together elected officials, union leaders, and civil rights change-makers and activists. We’ll be providing advocacy framework and solutions for implementing a jobs plan that prioritizes the needs of Black workers, while also addressing long-standing issues around the racial wealth gap and systemic racism within the trade and various other employment industries.
In addition to a week-long awareness campaign on the Infrastructure Plan, the week will also include the following events:
Thursday, September 2, 2021, 6 pm EST – Youth & Young Adult Dialogue: Building Black Youth Jobs
Hosted by the Youth & College Division, this will be an engaging Instagram Live conversation among youth and young adult workers, leaders, and organizers about advocacy strategies that bring attention to the specific needs and interests of youth and young adults of color.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7-8:30 pm EST – A Virtual Discussion – Build Back Black: An Infrastructure & Jobs Plan that Works for Black America
This conversation will bring together elected officials, union representatives, and Association leadership to discuss the economic opportunities presented by the Infrastructure Bill, and strategies for implementation that will center and prioritize Black workers, businesses, and Black communities.
o Bill Fletcher, Labor Activist, Organizer, and Author
o Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
o Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers (USW)
o Ryan N. Boyer, African American Caucus President, and Special International Representative, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
o Dr. Bill Spriggs – Chief Economist, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Fred, please join us this week, and together we’ll ensure this is a good plan for America, and a great plan for Black America.
President and CEO