“Now the problem isn’t only unemployment. Do you know that most of the poor people in our country are working everyday? They are making wages so low that they can not begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of our nation. These are facts which must be seen. And it is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis and a full-time job getting part-time income.”
Dr Martin Luther King, At the March 18, 1968 rally for Sanitation Workers in Memphis, Tenn
Laborers Local 332 recognizes the great and wonderful achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! The Hall is closed today in his honor, as we recognize his contributions to the labor movement in this country. It is important to remember, Dr King was a fighter for human rights and dignity. His struggle against segregation and racial discrimination is well known, but Dr King was also a strong advocate for workers rights!
Dr King died fighting for the rights of laborers…he was killed in Memphis as he was fighting for the rights of sanitation workers to get better wages, benefits and working conditions. Dr Martin Luther King preached an active engagement with our community-our elders, our youth. He advocated sacrifice and commitment. Laborer’s Local 332 honors the memory of Dr Martin Luther King as a key element to our never ending struggle for fairness, justice, and human rights.