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Working People Across the Country Celebrate Junteenth

It was a long time coming, but President Joe Biden signed the document that finally made Juneteenth a federal holiday. The newly-recognized holiday honors Black joy, Black resilience and Black power and reminds us that the struggle for equality that so many have fought and died for is an ongoing movement and much work remains to be done.

Working people across the country came together to celebrate Juneteenth and declare proudly that Black Lives Matter. Here are the words, events and actions from those honoring Juneteenth in it's first year as an official federal holiday:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler:

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

Actor's Equity:


AFSCME Council 4:


Amalgamated Transit Union:

American Federation of Musicians:

American Federation of Teachers (AFT):

AFT President Randi Weingarten:

American Postal Workers Union:

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:


Communications Workers of America:

Fire Fighters:

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:




Mine Workers:

Musical Artists:

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

National Nurses United:

NFL Players:

Painters and Allied Trades:

Plasterers and Cement Masons:



United Food and Commercial Workers:

Utility Workers:

California Labor Federation:

Gulf Coast (Texas) AFL-CIO:


Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Jobs With Justice:

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Union Veterans Council:

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