AFL-CIO’s Black History Month Profile: Wilfred Arceneaux

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Reprinted from The AFL-CIO’s blog Now by Kenneth Quinnell on February 17, 2021.

This year, for Black History Month, [the AFL-CIO is] taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making Black history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only the conditions for working people in our community, but also across the country. Today’s profile is Wilfred Arceneaux.

Wilfred Arceneaux is a server at the Atlanta Airport and an LGBTQ advocate. He canvassed in Atlanta as part of UNITE HERE’s Take Back the Senate campaign to elect labor-endorsed candidates to the US Senate. About the experience, he said: “I really, really understood what the union is all about, when my sister and Shop Steward Tee Tee Dangerfield was murdered because she was trans. I decided to step into Tee Tee’s shoes and am now a leader with my union. I canvassed to get out the vote for the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff because we need a city where all airport workers get to have strong union jobs.”

AFL-CIO’s Now 2/17

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