President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective on January 1, 1863, freeing the enslaved people in the South. However, the order was ignored and enslaved people did not know that they had been freed. On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves were free, thus began the celebration of Juneteenth.

On June 17, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed this day into law after the US Congress passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Local 700 recognizes the empowerment of Juneteenth and we encourage you to reflect and re-examine, both locally and nationally, your commitment to change.

Happy Juneteenth to all of our Brothers and Sisters in labor and all walks of life. And as always…

Stay Strong. Stay Safe. Stay United.

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