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H.Res. 198: Recognizing the coordinated struggle of workers during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to voice their grievances and reach a collective agreement for rights in the... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Apr 1, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Apr 1, 2011

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RESOLUTION

Recognizing the coordinated struggle of workers during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to voice their grievances and reach a collective agreement for rights in the workplace.

Whereas in 1968, 1,300 African-American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, fought for collective bargaining rights and equality in the workplace; Whereas in the struggle for workers' rights, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) integrated the labor movement and the civil rights movement in a demand for basic human rights and respect for all men and women; Whereas Black employees had almost no health care, pensions, or vacation, worked in deplorable conditions, and were disrespected by White supervisors; Whereas 40 percent of the workers qualified for welfare in order to supplement their low salaries, and were denied the opportunity to improve their working conditions by Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb and the city council; Whereas, on January 31, 1968, 22 sewer workers who reported for work were sent home when it began raining, losing a day's pay, while White workers were not sent home and received a full day's pay; Whereas the following day, February 1, 1968, sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker were fatally crushed by a malfunctioning city garbage truck; Whereas, on February 12, 1968, Memphis sanitation and public employees went on strike after attempting last-minute negotiations with Mayor Loeb and the city on the terms of their employment, demanding that the city recognize their union, provide a pay increase to $2.35 an hour from an average...

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H.Res. 198: Recognizing the coordinated struggle of workers during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to voice their grievances and reach a collective agreement for rights in the workplace.

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