Message of the Day—Honor King with Worker Freedom

The Labor Wire

Feb. 14, 2018

Sanitation work remains mortally dangerous 50 years after the Memphis sanitation strike, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while campaigning to help workers gain a union for better pay and safe working conditions.

Every working person in America must have the freedom to stand together with their co-workers in union to win improvements in pay, benefits and safety.


Message of the Day—Honor King with Worker Freedom

The deaths of two Memphis sanitation workers, crushed by a trash compactor in 1968, sparked a six-week strike that ended with a union and better working conditions after the assassination of King on April 4.

Half a century later, sanitation workers with unions work under vastly improved conditions, even as work for nonunion, private sanitation companies remains deadly.

Malfunctioning trash compactors are still a leading cause of death.

Worker safety has been and remains a key concern of working people who want to organize to form or join a union on the job.

America’s labor unions want every worker to have the freedom to negotiate with co-workers so we can safely return to our family at the end of the day.


Kitchen Table Economics

439: That’s how many workers in sanitation, waste and remediation died on the job in 2016.


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