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In Profile: Brenda Scott

14 May 2012 No Comment

That night, Brenda Scott was tired. She’d had a long day working in the Vicksburg distribution center for Women Infants and Children (WIC). Though her work was demanding, the pay was so low that she needed to take on a second job just to get ahead. So when she finished her shift at WIC, she headed to Domino’s Pizza, where she was supposed to work a delivery shift until early morning hours. But that day she decided she was just too exhausted and stressed, and needed to go home for some rest.

 

She hadn’t been home for long when she got the call: her Domino’s coworker had been shot dead while out on a delivery run. It could have been her.

 

Brenda couldn’t shake it. Nobody should die while trying to make a living, and nobody should have to work two tough jobs just to survive.

 

She didn’t know much about unions or organizing, but Brenda felt that it was her turn – it was time to make a difference, so that her children could have a better future. If she didn’t do something, who would?

 

Twenty-two years ago, Brenda committed to the struggle for workers’ rights. She’s been in it for the long haul – though it was tough work, over the past 22 years of organizing state employees, Brenda has seen Mississippi move from a dismal 50th in the nation for state workers’ rights to 44th in the nation. She’s passionate about educating workers as to their rights and their value; showing them that unions bring good things like overtime, weekends, sick leave, and vacation time; and demonstrating the relationship between certain elected officials and the reduction of benefits and lack of raises.

 

Today, Brenda Scott is the president of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees: Communication Workers of America. As part of MASECWA, Brenda and her fellow organizers travel the state, signing state workers into the unions, and teaching them how to advocate for themselves in the political arena.

 

Brenda is also on MIRA’s Board of Directors, and has had a long-time association with MIRA’s Executive Director Bill Chandler. She says that MIRA and MASECWA both serve underprivileged people in the state. Immigrants and state employees are both working and hoping for a better tomorrow – and advocating for their cause is just the right thing to do. Brenda is proud of the progress that MIRA has made – not only in defeating a slew of anti-immigrant legislation, but also in building powerful alliances with legislators, businesses, and law enforcement groups.

 

Brenda Scott advocates for a future in which immigrants and state workers alike are proud to speak up for their rights, and she believes that MIRA and its allies will help make that vision a reality.

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