AFSCME holds "We Are One" solidarity rally

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A rally in Carbondale Friday shows solidarity among workers for collective bargaining rights.

Workers rights have been in the news a lot lately with a controversial state law in Wisconsin that would end most public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says his state needs to be able to rein in unions to cope with budget cuts, but representatives of the American Federation of State and Municipal Workers, or AFSCME, call it an attack on worker's rights.

AFSCME has a long history of standing up for workers rights. In 1968, AFSCME represented Memphis sanitation workers in a strike to achieve better working conditions. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the worker's rally April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the next day outside a Memphis motel.

According to AFSCME Council #31 representative Ty Petersen, it's the sacrifice made by King and many others in the name of worker's rights that drives the union's continued efforts to fight for the rights of workers.

As part of what's being called a national week of action, AFSCME and other unions will join together to remember those sacrifices and rally to continue the fight to protect those rights.

Friday night, union and non-union workers joined together at SIU Arena in a "We Are One" rally as part of a national week of action to support the rights of workers in Wisconsin and other states facing possible cuts to collective bargaining rights.

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