Martin Luther King, Jr. day used to oppose anti-union bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Several Tennessee advocacy groups used the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination to show their opposition to anti-union legislation.

Members of Tennessee Citizen Action and other groups stood silently and peaceably as legislators walked into the House and Senate chambers Monday.

Some members held signs and wore stickers that read: "We are One: Respect Our Rights."

King traveled to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers in their struggle for fair pay and union rights during a rally on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the next day.

The advocacy groups are against bills this session that would curtail or cut Tennessee workers' rights, including one that aims to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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