Sisters and Brothers,
The IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee (EHRC) was created by Convention resolution in 1988 to address issues relating to diversity and inclusion in our union and the fire service. Since its inception, the EHRC has worked as the sounding board and voice of our union, providing insight and guidance to affiliates and fire departments on matters such as those going on today across the globe.
With that role in mind, the EHRC worked together to draft this statement on the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent peaceful protests and violence. The IAFF Executive Board embraces and supports the values and principles expressed by the EHRC.
Our membership is a reflection of all races, religions and genders that make up the two nations they serve. They are the fabric that gives us our strength as a union. As leaders, we stand with the peaceful protesters who remind us what built our great labor movement and improved the lives of all workers.
We stand against the discrimination and mistreatment of black people and all people of color, genders or identities. We stand against police brutality and against violence directed at the police. And, of course, we stand against any and all violence against our members as they do their work protecting their neighbors and communities.
Harold A. Schairberger