Dear Delegates and Alternates:
It’s been a while – far too long, union family.
Beginning July 11 in Philadelphia, we will convene in person for the first time in four years, for AFSCME’s 45th International Convention. Finally, we can be All Together.
The COVID-19 pandemic has largely kept us apart physically. But it has not broken our will. It has not sapped our power. It has not undermined our solidarity. And it most definitely has not stopped AFSCME members from doing the essential work that sustains our communities. In fact, that work has never been in greater demand, and it has never been performed at a higher level under greater duress. Public services – and the dedicated, fearless people who provide them – are what have gotten the nation through this debilitating, once-in-a-century crisis.
While this pandemic hasn’t been completely vanquished, the latest trends allow us to start returning to the business as usual. Given the wide availability of vaccines and boosters, we can gather in person, with the appropriate safety protocols.
In Philadelphia, we will renew our commitment to building worker power and growing our union. We will hone the skills we need to keep organizing, both internally and externally. We will prepare for pivotal midterm elections in November. We will set a path forward for our union in the coming years. And we will honor the sacrifice AFSCME members have made, celebrating extraordinary stories of public service workers who never quit.
We can’t wait to connect with you in person – All Together at last.
Lee Saunders, International President
Elissa McBride, International Secretary-Treasurer