Unions defend their rights on MLK assassination anniversary
Hundreds of union workers from across the Hudson Valley gathered in White Plains on Monday to raise awareness about workers' rights on the the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was also an advocate for workers' rights.
The rally was held on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard on the 43rd anniversary of his assassination in order to launch an offensive to retain their collective bargaining, and their current level of benefits, according to CWA Union official Kevin Shields. Shields added that many union members are catching a bad rap because of criticism from government employees.
"We want to get out the fact that public workers, the police officers, teachers and firefighters, they did not cause New York state's budget crisis," Shields said.