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MLK Day: Action Can Turn Dreams of Justice Into Reality

MLK Day: Action Can Turn Dreams of Justice Into Reality

Across the nation today, working families, civil rights, community, faith and immigrant activists are commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in marches, prayer services, teach-ins and other actions and they are  recommitting themselves to the fight for equality and justice for all workers’ civil rights.

 

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Memphis MLK Day Actions to Support Locked-Out Kellogg’s Workers

Memphis MLK Day Actions to Support Locked-Out Kellogg’s Workers

More than 220 workers who have been locked out of their jobs at a Kellogg’s Memphis, Tenn., plant since October will be honored and supported as part of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day actions in Memphis.

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Freedom and Jobs Scholarship Winners Announced

Freedom and Jobs Scholarship Winners Announced

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, the AFL-CIO and Union Plus awarded $300,000 in scholarships to help graduating high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education. More than 600 students applied and 60 $5,000 scholarships were awarded.

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Union Members Honor MLK with Community Service

Transport Workers Union (TWU) members from around the country joined in the annual AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance this weekend where thousands of union members honored Dr. King with community service projects. They send us this video.

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Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Working families across the United States are celebrating the historic bond of labor and civil rights as part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance.

In Philadelphia, working families came together and participated in an inauguration watch party for President Obama's second term. 

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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Kicks Off Tonight

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Kicks Off Tonight

The historic bond between the labor and civil rights movements will be celebrated this weekend as the AFL-CIO honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision that collective action—whether at the voting booth or at the workplace—mobilizes participants to continue their work to make King’s dream a reality.

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February Marks 44th Anniversary of Historic Memphis Sanitation Strike

February is Black History Month and one of the noteworthy events in African American history is the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike that began Feb. 11, 1968.  It was on that day that, after years of discrimination and injustice, the African American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., began their strike for economic justice and dignity. They sought to join AFSCME Local 1733.

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Thanks, Rep. Lewis, for Backing Indiana Working People

Many thanks and kudos to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) for calling the Indiana Democratic Caucus today to encourage lawmakers to stay strong and firm in their efforts to stop the state’s Republican leadership from doing an end-run around the democratic process.

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Cablevision Workers Stay Strong in Tough Battle to Form Union

Teresa Casertano in the AFL-CIO Organizing Department sends us this report.

Next week, 285 Brooklyn employees of Cablevision Systems Corp. will vote on whether to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Faced with low salaries and inadequate protections on the job, Cablevision installers in Brooklyn decided to join together to seek changes at work. The cable installers, who complete eight installations per day, carrying heavy ladders and climbing poles, earn a third less than their unionized counterparts. In contrast, Cablevision CEO James Dolan received $13 million last year. Dolan is also the executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Corp., where he received another $2 million in compensation.

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Interfaith Service for Jobs: Creating Good Jobs Is a Matter of Will

James Parks, communications director at the D.C. Office of Interfaith Worker Justice, sends us this.

More than 500 people packed the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Jan. 16 for an Interfaith Service for Jobs. The service was sponsored by Faith Advocates for Jobs to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and to call on our nation’s government to make King’s dream of economic justice and good jobs a reality.

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