“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.” —Martin Luther King, speaking about right-to-work laws in 1961.’
Today, we celebrate and honor a man who fought for civil rights, justice, and equality. We also fight for those very same things today. We continue to fight for equal rights and equal opportunity for the people. We fight, like MLK, for the rights of our workers. To ensure that those who are working hard to provide for themselves and their families, those who are building our state and our country are taken care of and a fought for when they need it.
In our state, we face many obstacles regarding equal opportunity, rights, and justice.We, as Democrats, are always up for the fight.
In our state today we are fighting for our workers who are being attacked by a Republican agenda to lower their wages and lessen the quality of their jobs with “right to work” legislation.
Thousands of West Virginia workers gathered at the Capitol for the first week of the 2016 legislative session where the Republican majority rushed “right to work” legislation through to the floor.
It’s sadly ironic that Republican Senate President Bill Cole and Republican House Speaker Tim Armstead honor Martin Luther King Jr today while they continue pedaling backwards to undo or go against the very things that MLK fought for and believed in, like what “right to work” laws really mean for workers.