Statement Regarding Mass Protests

WASHINGTON, DC (JUNE 1, 2020) – Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) President James Slevin today released the following statement:

“We are sad and angry about the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many other men and women who are victims of racism and police brutality around this country today. Black lives matter and everyone should be treated equal. We demand those responsible for their deaths be held fully accountable.

“Their deaths and the protests that have resulted over the past several days are directly linked to the systemic racism and oppression that has been unacceptably tolerated for too long in America. Our brothers and sisters of color face danger, racism and economic inequality and we stand together committed to fighting these injustices in a peaceful manner.

“We must come together in society to listen and commit to a change, for we are all created equal.”


Chartered in 1945, the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO represents around 50,000 active members employed in America’s utility sectors including the electric, gas, water, and related professional and service industries. James Slevin is UWUA’s National President.  For more information visit