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44 years after MLK assassination, Lexington sanitation workers stand up

Posted on April 7, 2012 | in Kentucky | by

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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