This year, for Black History Month, we're taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making Black history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only their community, but also to improve conditions for working people across the country. Today's profile is Kayleen Williams of OPEIU.
Kayleen Williams is an executive board member and longtime steward of OPEIU Local 11 who has worked at NW Natural for more than 40 years. “Black History Month means honoring those ancestors who have gone before you, whether it’s Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass or Fannie Lou Hamer.” With her union, she said, “You don’t fight alone, you fight as one body. The words ‘in solidarity’ mean something—it means you fight together, you stand together.”