44 years after MLK assassination, Lexington sanitation workers stand up

Continuing our ongoing coverage of the labor movement, here’s something interesting for your Saturday morning:

A majority of Lexington city sanitation workers have petitioned the local government for recognition as a union.

On Wednesday, petition cards authorizing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to represent city sanitation workers were submitted to the city’s chief administrative officer, Richard Moloney. The authorization cards were signed by more than 60 percent of the city’s approximately 190 sanitation workers.

The workers submitted their petitions on the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was in Memphis that day in April to stand with sanitation workers who were on strike and seeking to form a union to better their working conditions and pay.

Gotta love when history and social justice merge so serendipitously.


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