For Immediate Release: March 16, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW Condemns Anti-Asian Racism
IBEW International President Lonnie
R. Stephenson issued the following statement in response to the rise in
anti-Asian hate crimes:
“The men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers vigorously condemn all forms of anti-Asian bigotry. Harassment and attacks on Asian-Americans are skyrocketing in the United States, and I call on all IBEW brothers and sisters to stand up against racism and discrimination in their communities.
The labor movement's founding value is solidarity, which means bringing together working people from all backgrounds and walks of life to build better workplaces and stronger communities. Racism stands as a direct threat to that value, making it incumbent on labor to fight against bigotry in whatever form it takes.
All Americans have the right to live their lives free of violence, harassment, and bigotry, and the IBEW stands with our Asian-American neighbors to protect that right.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.