MEMPHIS, TN - Georgia Pacific employees in Taylorsville took a break from the picket line to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they continue to strike for what they call fair contracts.
They're now in day eight of picketing, and representatives said they plan to continue until they reach an agreement with GP on scheduling.
Some members of the Local 2086 Union took a break from the picket line and headed more than 200 miles to Memphis Wednesday to present a yellow wreath honoring the 50th year since King's assassination.
Union members talked with our sister station in Memphis about why they felt connected to the commemorations.
"I mean it's something powerful for us, because we already know unity at 2086 in Taylorsville, but to come here and see unions, togetherness, brotherhood, and sisterhood, is wonderful," said James Keys, a representative of the Local 2086 Union.
The union went live on television in Memphis to discuss the issues that lead up to the strike.
"I'm proud to be representing my fellow brothers and sisters here that stayed back to show solidarity on the picket line," Keys said.
Before King was killed, he was in Tennessee to organize the 1986 sanitation strike and support the sanitation workers and their families. It was his last push for economic justice.