Union Members Mark 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
Newark. August 28, 2013

Listen to Report

Members of Local 32BJ of SEIU
Members of Local 32BJ of SEIU gathered in the rain for Wednesday's rally.

Union members and supporters gathered to mark the anniversary with a rally to raise the minimum wage and improve the quality of life for workers in New Jersey.

Kevin Brown is the Director of Local 32BJ of SEIU. He says many people don’t remember that the March on Washington was about both freedom and jobs, and that in the fifty years since the March, not enough has been done to improve the rights of workers.

 “The income disparity between the rich and the poor is worse now than it was in 1963. Although I think the fight for civil rights has made progress, the fight for workers’ rights is going in the wrong direction. And accordingly, the income disparity is greater than it ever was before.”

Over a hundred people turned out in the rain for the gathering.


Get the Rundown from WBGO News

A weekly email from WBGO News with a preview of what's coming up and a taste of what you might have missed.