On this #MLKDay, our union celebrates and honors the legacy and struggle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his life in the fight for racial and economic justice. Dr. King died in Memphis while supporting sanitation workers on strike. His struggle was the fight for human dignity for workers, the poor, and all oppressed people. Teamsters remain eternally humbled and inspired by Dr. King’s vision and sacrifice.
“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over our nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.”
– Dr. King, Illinois AFL-CIO Convention, 1965