Why Don’t Teamster Employers Recognize the MLK Holiday?

January 14, 2011: It has been 27 years since Dr. King’s birthday became a federal holiday, but still very few Teamster employers recognize it. It’s long overdue for the Teamsters Union to change this situation.

King, the day before his death. A U.S. Federal Marshall is serving King with a temporary restraining order barring him from leading another march in Memphis.King, the day before his death. A U.S. Federal Marshall is serving King with a temporary restraining order barring him from leading another march in Memphis.A good place to start would be UPS, which employs 250,000 Teamsters and competes with the U.S. Post Office, which recognizes the holiday. Why not a public campaign to make sure that holiday is recognized in the next UPS contract? We could piggy-back a campaign to force FedEx to do the same, thus showing nonunion employees that Teamsters stand up for all workers.

Our International Union should set a goal of winning this holiday in all national contracts and at all corporations which are in the pubic eye, and work from there to win it at other Teamster employers.

The Hoffa administration issues good statements about human rights. How about putting some walk behind the talk?

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