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02.24.17

IFPTE Remembers Two African-American Leaders Who Paved the Path for Workers' Rights

Next week will mark the close of Black History Month for 2017, and IFPTE thought it important to remember two of the many African-American leaders who put their lives on the line to better the lives of working people from all walks of life:

  • A. Phillip Randolph, who organized and became the leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters representing the black service staff of the Pullman railroad cars, and was instrumental in the American Civil Rights Movement.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who famously said the following in 1961:

    “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. Its 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.” Read about Dr. King’s role in the famous 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, and his 1961 speech before the AFL-CIO.

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