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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Echoes of Memphis

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 11:10 AM

The Arkansas Interfaith Commitee for Worker Justice is invoking Martin Luther King's work on behalf of striking Memphis sanitation workers in a Little Rock labor issue.

At a news conference today, the committee called for support of Waste Management workers trying to unionize the workforce as a Teamsters chapter. One union advocate has been fired, the committee says. About 50 workers, mostly black, will vote on union representation Aug. 1.

"Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told the Memphis sanitation workers 'we are men' this community has a moral obligation to support these workers until they gain the right to have a voice at work," said Rev. Stephen Copley, chair of the committee.

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