Rev. Frank Raines III is a member of IWJ's Board of Directors and is the pastor of Dexter Avenue Church in Detroit. He wrote the following statement in his role as Director and Chairman of the Labor Relation Department of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A.
As Director and Chairman of the Labor Relation Department of the largest body of Black Baptist Believers, We the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. must acknowledge that we represent a body of not only "Worshippers and Believers" but, many of our constituency are laborers across the county. Some states are "Right to Work" states, but we have no control over that; some are non-labor states, and most are labor states. We could not stand idly by without expressing grave concerns over these misfortunes of legislation that's affecting many of our citizenry.
Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and several other states must acknowledge labor laws exist to protect the workers. We massage the fact that compromise is imperative but we cannot allow the dark days of slave labor, conditions and unfair wage practices set us back hundreds of years.
As the representives of this agust body, we must stand on the side of laborers' rights and principled compromise that's equitable for everyone.
Frank Raines, III
Labor Relation Chair of NBC, USA, Inc.