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Unions join MLK observances across the state

By Doug Published: April 5, 2011

From the Akron Beacon Journal/

Despite the wind and rain on Monday evening, about 175 people gathered at Hardesty Park on the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination to protest the cuts in union rights and vowed to defeat the state's Senate Bill 5 at the polls.

''Make no mistake about it, folks, we are going to stop this Senate Bill 5,'' said Tom Morneweck, vice president of Labor Council, AFSCME Local 1229, at Monday's ''We Are One'' event in Akron.

From the Columbus Dispatch

Labor unions and civil-rights groups held hundreds of rallies and teach-ins yesterday to defend collective bargaining and to tie it to the cause the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for in the days before his death 43 years ago.

Dayton Daily News

DAYTON More than 200 representatives from local unions, community and religious groups opposed to the passage of Senate Bill 5 gathered in the auditorium of Teamsters Local 957 Monday night to rally support for a referendum on the November ballot.

Ohio Public Radio report by Bill Cohen

Toledo NBC Channel 24

TOLEDO, OH -- Organized labor is linking a fight for public employee collective bargaining rights to the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



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