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DeKalb sanitation workers to march Monday for justice in the workplace
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January 17, 2013 03:43 PM | 1605 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Monday, sanitation workers — including two from the 1968 Memphis strike — will take part in the annual Martin Luther King Day March in Atlanta to demand that Republic Services/Allied Waste treat its workers with equality and justice as King did decades earlier. Sanitation workers in DeKalb County who are forming their union will also participate.

The waste workers and their allies are honoring King’s legacy of taking a stand to defend workers’ livelihoods and to remind people that the dream of economic and social justice must be fought every day. Republic/Allied Waste are accused of attacking its workers’ livelihoods across the country, forcing them into poverty and to work in unsafe conditions. Teamsters employed by the company are standing up to demand that the company stop its attacks now.

Sanitation workers, including two workers from the 1968 strike, Baxter Leach and Alvin Turner, will meet at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Peachtree and Baker streets, followed by a 1:30 p.m. news conference.

Turner and Leach were last in Atlanta in April 1968, when they attended King’s funeral.

DeKalb County sanitation workers who are organizing with the workers will be present and leaders will be at the new conference. Republic workers from Memphis traveling by bus will also be in attendance.

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