June 18, 2020
To All Ullico Employees:
Black lives matter. That is why we are closing our (virtual) doors this Friday to unite with our black brothers and sisters to honor, reflect upon and celebrate Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, commonly known as "Freedom Day," commemorates the federal order recited on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, declaring that all slaves are freed.
Diversity, inclusion and human rights feel too much like afterthoughts during this polarizing time in our nation. As one people, we must change that and a place to begin is by making the right to vote real. Far too routinely, roadblocks discourage or prevent people of color from exercising their right to vote. And far too many people are rightfully skeptical of exercising their right because they have seen little change come as a result of casting ballots. Just as unions are the voice for workers on a job, voting must become a more powerful voice for action. We cannot fulfill the promise of democracy otherwise.
Remember, the labor movement was born from the strife and struggle of working people seeking racial, social and economic justice. Ullico, as the only union-owned insurance and investment company in this nation, will stay true to our nearly century-long mission of fighting for equality.
Ullico is a company that I cherish and one that strives to embrace diversity and stand against racial injustice.
We will have more conversations. We will create opportunities for further education. Let's all use this time to increase our understanding, care for one another, and continue to serve the working men and women of the American Labor Movement.
EDWARD M. SMITH
President & CEO