WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
“Today, first and foremost, we mourn for our sister Lesley McSpadden, a member of UFCW Local 88, who got neither justice nor peace for the death of her son. The simple truth is that there are too many Michael Brown’s in America needlessly having their lives cut short and we in the labor movement have a responsibility to take action. This tragic case must spark a renewed discussion about race, class, and inequality. We can no longer afford to sweep these important issues under the rug because they might make some people uncomfortable. We must be a force for good jobs, safe streets, and justice under the law. We need to take a hard look at all of our social and political institutions and ask whether they are really serving the common good. The grand jury decision was the end of a process, but it also must be the beginning of a conversation. We owe that to the Brown family, the community of Ferguson, and our entire nation.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.