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Mon April 4, 2011
Unions invoke MLK legacy in Detroit rally
Hundreds of labor union supporters rallied against attacks on collective bargaining rights in Detroit Monday.
The rally was one of dozens nationwide commemorating Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
King was killed during a 1968 trip to Memphis to support that city’s striking black sanitation workers. National labor leaders are highlighting this lesser-known part of King’s legacy as they fight new state laws that restrict unions’ collective bargaining rights.
Canton resident Natalie Mosher came to the downtown Detroit rally. She says Governor Snyder and state Republicans have gone too far.
"I’m here to support all working people. I was a former teacher and I think what is happening in Michigan today is just not acceptable.”
The Governor recently signed a bill granting Emergency Financial Managers broad powers, including the right to throw out union contracts.
Former Delphi worker Stacey Kemp drove from near Saginaw to attend the rally. Kemp says everyone should be concerned about the many new state laws that restrict workers’ right to collective bargaining.
“Whether they’re union or non-union, this is going to directly affect all middle and working-class people. If they’re allowed to get away with this, we might as well just kiss our grandchildren goodbye, and they’re going to live in a third-world country.”
The AFL-CIO and other organizers say the King-inspired rallies are part of a continued campaign to fight that law and similar measures in other states.