Lexington Sanitation Workers Press For Union Rights

Apr 4, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - On the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was killed in Memphis while campaigning for the rights of sanitation workers to unionize, Lexington’s sanitation workers are asking for the city to recognize their right to form a union.

On a date loaded with symbolic significance, Lexington sanitation workers are hoping their public push for union rights will convince city leaders to allow them a union election. Joe Phelps, assistant director for the American Federation of State , County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, council 62, says he’s confident the city will recognize the request.

"There is an ordinance in place that allows for a process for that to take place and we're requesting that that ordinance be in effect and go through that process and have an election for the representation rights," he says.

Sanitation workers submitted their request to Lexington’s Chief Administrative Officer Richard Moloney this afternoon at the government center.