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01.16.17

IFPTE Honors Dr. King's Life, Participates in Annual MLK Events

Members, staff and officers of IFPTE participated in the several activities in Washington, DC to honor and celebrate the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The weekend events were sponsored by the AFL-CIO.

The MLK activities began with a Sunday worship service at New Bethel Baptist Church and an awards luncheon at The Hamilton; Monday was a day of community service that included labor and the community at-large. Attendees included IFPTE Local 195 President Tim Rudolph and IFPTE Atlantic Area Vice President Gerald Newsome, who were among the members that joined IFPTE International staff and officers in these celebratory events.

Dr. King, who linked the civil rights struggle to the workers rights struggle, famously said in 1961 that, "In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work'. It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It's purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone... Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote."

IFPTE honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

View photos from the Day of Service at New Bethel Baptist Church

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