Public Workers’ Rally To Be Held Downtown

by Rick Howlett on April 4, 2011

Various labor unions that represent public workers are sponsoring a rally today at Jefferson Square Park.

The “Block Party” is part of a national day of solidarity for public workers and coincides with the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination. He was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis, where he had gone to support striking sanitation workers.

Organizers say they also want to raise awareness of the plight of public workers in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, where legislation placing limits on their collective bargaining power has been passed or is under consideration.

Today’s rally in Louisville begins at 5:30pm.

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Attica Scott April 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

Nappy Roots to Perform at Block Party with Public Workers

On Monday, April 4th community activists, labor union members, students, people of faith and more will travel from across Kentucky to gather in Louisville to stand with public workers in our state. The 5:30 pm action will feature Grammy award winners Nappy Roots as part of a national day of solidarity to defend the public sector.

“We know that the corporate and governmental attack on public workers is about defunding public services, decreasing public sector jobs, deunionizing public sector jobs and deregulating public contracts,” said Attica Scott, Coordinator, Kentucky Jobs with Justice.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union with AFSCME.

On April 4, 2011, AFSCME Council 62, IUE/CWA, Firefighters Local 345, AFSCME Local 2629, United Steel Workers, AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 789, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and Kentucky Jobs with Justice are hosting a “Block Party with Public Workers!” in partnership with other labor unions, people of faith, civil and human rights activists, students and other progressive allies.

Join us in solidarity with working people in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where we will call on our elected officials to respect the rights for which Dr. King gave his life: the freedom to bargain, to vote, to afford a college education and justice for all workers!

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