Today marks the one-year anniversary of COVID in Michigan, an anniversary that we remember in many ways. We remember the victims of COVID, those who passed, those who have loved ones who passed, and those who are still struggling with the long-term effects of a condition we still know very little about.
We remember the challenges we have all faced together over the last year – challenges like paying the mortgage when you can’t find a job or trying to help your child with virtual school when you may not have reliable internet. We remember the emotional challenges of our frontline workers, like the brothers and sisters in this union who worked during the pandemic to keep our water clean and our power supply strong.
But we also remember the leaders who stepped up during this time and put the safety of our residents ahead of the safety of their elections. There are many leaders who rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly to keep us safe, keep us informed, and keep us alive.
We are grateful that leaders like Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan are right here in Michigan, leading our citizens and leading the country. There’s a reason why companies choose Michigan to produce and ship something as important as life-saving, economy-driving vaccines. We have the best workers in the country and we have the leadership to make it happen.
This past year has been a challenging year for so many reasons, but when we come together, there is no better place than Michigan to lead the country through a challenge.
The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights represents the largest skilled trades union in the state, with more than 14,000 members.