Teamsters Union Continues King's Legacy of Standing Up for Workers
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 4, Teamsters will take part in a nationwide day of action to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., while taking a stand in the ongoing struggle for workers' rights. More than 400 public events are planned, with a focus on education, outreach and solidarity with workers under attack by corporate-backed politicians in Wisconsin, Ohio and nationwide.
"From the beginning, Teamsters have led the charge for civil and human rights. Teamsters supported Dr. King and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the civil rights movement to bring dignity to workers. Decades later our fight continues strong," Hoffa said.
April 4 marks the 43rd anniversary of the death of King, who was killed while defending Memphis sanitation workers' rights to bargain collectively.
"The night before he died, Dr. King said that all labor has dignity and it has worth," Hoffa said. "The Teamsters fought side by side with him for the dignity and worth of all working people, and we are still fighting. The battle for collective bargaining rights in Memphis 43 years ago is no different than our battles today in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and statehouses throughout the country."
Teamsters are asked to do their part on April 4 by making a promise to protect the middle class in four ways, including educating workers about the importance of the union; handing out informational materials on the importance of unions; sharing a special video about King and the Teamsters; and signing up for Teamster alert messages on anti-worker legislation.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women
throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters