A Giant Passes

There are so few people who have had more influence on me than Nelson Mandela. The news of his passing is that of a giant who will be both sorely missed and hardly forgotten. Many unions stood with Mandela and the African National Congress during the thick of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. He stood with AFSCME in Miami less than two weeks after being freed from 27 years of incarceration, and in solidarity with many others since. The relationship between labor from around the world and Mandela is long and strong and we thank him for his work and commit to continuing it with the same fierce determination he possessed.