State of Connectict Clerical Bargaining Unit Local 196

Dr. King & The American Dream

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders writes in the Greenline Blog, "Each year, the commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a reminder of the remarkable contribution he made to all of us through his courageous defense of civil rights, human dignity and economic justice.

"Dr. King was a longtime champion of the labor movement, and he died in 1968 while marching with sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., all members of AFSCME Local 1733. Those workers were fighting for the recognition of their union, for collective bargaining rights and for the respect that every person is entitled to."

AFSCME Local 318's Emily Kennedy, along with her daughters April and Ashley, attended last year's dedication of the MLK Memorial.

Eloquent words indeed.

Scroll down to learn more about Dr. King's life and legacy, including his support of AFSCME workers, and how his vision can inspire today's fight for workers' rights.


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