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"WHEN CIVIL RIGHTS AND LABOR CAME TOGETHER "

On February 1, 1968, two Memphis garbage collectors, Echo Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a malfunctioning sanitation truck. Twelve days later, frustrated by the by the city's response to the latest event a pattern of neglect and abuse of it's black employees, 1300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Work's went on strike. Supported by AFSCME president Jerry Wurf, they demanded recognition of their union, better safety standards, and a decent wage. These sanitation workers earned wages so low that many were on welfare and hundreds relied on food stamps to feed their families.

Read more: Labor Liaison Corner - April 8, 2013

THE REAL STORY OF "RIGHT TO WORK"

This past December, Michigan, the birthplace of the United States Labor movement, became the 24th state to pass "Right To Work" legislation. This legislation allows non – union employees to benefit from union contracts.

Read more: Labor Liaison Corner - March 1, 2013