AFSCME Texas Retirees Chapter 12

Texas Retirees are fighting for a secure retirement for all retired Texans.

To honor the 50th anniversary of the tragic events that touched off the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, we are asking the entire union to join with our members in Memphis in observing a moment of silence on February 1, 2018.

On February 1, 1968, a storm forced sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker to seek shelter in the back of their truck. The workers’ repeated warnings to management about faulty equipment proved tragically prophetic that day when the truck’s compactor kicked on, crushing the two men to death.

Their coworkers decided they had had enough. They voted to strike, and despite facing racial hatred and disrespect, they bravely continued their strike for more than two months. They were supported by their AFSCME sisters and brothers from across the country, and by Dr Martin Luther King Jr who traveled to Memphis to march in solidarity, where he ultimately gave his life for their cause.

As part of our union’s I AM 2018 initiative honoring the legacy of
those brave strikers and Dr. King, I urge you to ask all of your
affiliates to organize a moment of silence in memory of Brothers Cole and Walker on February 1, 2018. We strongly encourage you to share your plans publicly with the link below.

https://www.iam2018.org/events/minute-of-reflection-host

Lee A. Saunders

President

AFSCME

As AFSCME retirees we know the importance of a strong union. With 6000 members statewide, AFSCME Texas Retirees Chapter 12 is the fastest growing union for retired Texas state employees. Recently we have been able to move Senate Bill 935 and its companion House Bill 265.  This legislation would permit a state retiree to run for one of the elected seats on the ERS Board. It is currently limited to active employees.  

There is bipartisan support for this legislation and we are urging legislators to vote yes when this bill comes before them.

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