The value of a diverse community of workers respecting each other’s cultures, faith, and traditions is that there are important themes and lessons that we find are more common than we may assume. The principle of atonement is one each of us can reflect on and dedicate ourselves to. The same can be said about beginning anew. We all appreciate turning the page on the old and welcoming in the new with renewed optimism and hope for the future.
Sadly, racial and religious violence is a real threat for a number of communities. We stand in solidarity with our union siblings of Jewish faith in total rejection of anti-Semitism. We abhor violence and harm against any people because of their race, culture, religion, ethnicity, or identity. We use this period following the sacred holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to reaffirm our commitment to our Jewish labor siblings and Jewish communities across the state. To our friends and colleagues, may you be sealed in the book of life for a good year.