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Source: huffington post

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated the world over as a visionary who made the ultimate sacrifice for the advancement of civil rights for all.

King’s speeches, sermons and unyielding pursuit of justice and human dignity continue to inspire and uplift. Dr. King gave voice to the principle that civil rights and worker rights are inseparable, that to deny one is to do injury to the other.

His social commentary speaks directly to the motives of today’s anti-worker movement, which cloaks itself in words designed to mislead.

About so-called right to work laws, Dr. King said this in 1961:

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. . . Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.

Dr. King’s words are especially relevant today as thousands of workers have descended on the Indiana statehouse for the past two weeks to protest Governor Mitch Daniels’ and extreme Republican legislators’ attempt to ram through right-to-work legislation. Last week, the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee ignored voter sentiment and research and approved the bill on a party-line vote after a six-minute hearing, allowing no amendments and no debate.

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