SEIU 721 members and their family and friends turned out to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday at parades in both Los Angeles and Oxnard, showing that we will never forget his legacy!
The Oxnard Freedom March featured Local 721 members who carried banners and signs, while in LA, SEIU 721’s procession featured an LA City Sanitation truck and a group from St. John’s Well Child.
Dr. King believed that Civil Rights for people of color could not truly be achieved without also addressing labor and worker rights. In fact, he was in Memphis, Tennessee to support sanitation workers who were striking for better working conditions when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Unions are beneficial to all workers but especially so for women and people of color. Women workers who are union members earn nearly $9,000 a year more than their non-union counterparts. For African-American workers, the union differential is also about $9,000, and for Latino workers the yearly advantage is more than $11,000. By having a strong voice on the job, union workers are also better able to fight discriminatory practices.