Union Equates Lavish Benefits to Black Civil Rights

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, speaks at the Keep the Promise rally, a rally to protest pension reform in Maryland, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed changes to address a troubling$19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and$16 billion in retiree health liabilities. It would require increased contributions from state employees.snip
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, speaks at the Keep the Promise rally, a rally to protest pension reform in Maryland, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland Gov.

Martin O'Malley has proposed changes to address a troubling$19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and$16 billion in retiree health liabilities. It would require increased contributions from state employees.
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"Madison is just the beginning!" AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told a union rally in Annapolis on Monday. "Like that old song goes, 'You ain't seen n-n-n-n-nothing yet!' "

Fresh from defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders are planning a new campaign not just to head off future challenges to their collective bargaining powers but also to make the case that organized labor's benefits and prerogatives -- wages, health care, and pensions that are more generous than those of comparable workers in the private sector -- are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans during the civil rights movement.

To make the point, the AFL-CIO is planning a series of nationwide events on April 4, the 43rd anniversary of the day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated after speaking in Memphis, Tenn., on behalf of striking black garbage collectors. The message: King's cause, and that of angry schoolteachers in Madison, are one.

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