New Orleans sanitation ‘hoppers’ form union, strike for hazard pay, PPE, benefits

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Striking sanitation “hoppers” and their supporters protest for hazard pay, living wages and benefits in front of New Orleans City Hall May 18, 2020. – Photo: Chris Granger, New Orleans Times-Picayune

by C.C. Campbell-Rock&

New Orleans – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first marched with striking Memphis sanitation workers on March 28, 1968. They were demanding better working conditions and the respect and dignity due them. Their signs proclaimed, “I Am a Man.”&

After canceling a planned trip to Africa, Dr. King returned to Memphis on April 3 to support the ASCFME sanitation workers. That evening, he delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a packed room of supporters. The next day, he was assassinated.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for people accustomed to being treated like the trash they hauled away, coming to Memphis to support...