Activists Evoke Dr. King In Calling For Fair Contract For Janitors


Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) — On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, union workers in Chicago are calling for a fair contract for janitors as they threaten to strike next week.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, on this day on 1968, Dr. King was gunned down while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis. Now, members of Service Employees International Union Local 1 say it’s an appropriate time to act on behalf of 13,000 janitors at downtown buildings, schools and elsewhere.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports


The Rev. Calvin Morris, director of the Community Renewal Society, was among those calling for justice for janitors.

“They deserve a good contract. They deserve benefits. But most of all, which Dr. King said 44 years ago in Memphis, as working men and women, they deserve respect,” Morris said.

The workers have authorized a strike, but…

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