This Friday, labor leaders are among those joining the Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III for the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks, held in commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice. Confirmed labor participants include AFT president Randy Weingarten, Painters president Kenneth Rigmaiden, and AFSCME president Lee Saunders. At the historic 1963 march, labor leaders A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin joined with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., founder/President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), John Lewis, President of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Roy Wilkins, President of the NAACP, and James Farmer, President of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to draw the nation’s attention to racial inequality in America. With those issues of injustice still very much alive, the labor leaders and members will gather at 7:15 am Friday at the United Unions building (1750 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006), before marching to the Lincoln Memorial for a program and then marching to the Martin Luther King Memorial.
-- David Stephen