Martin Luther King Day has passed us by, but Al Sharpton became the latest political figure to invoke the late Civil Rights hero in the fight between Cablevision and their employees in Brooklyn who want to unionize with the Communications Workers of America. Mr. Sharpton made his comments about MLK while speaking to Cablevision staffers yesterday. “Martin Luther King died in Memphis, Tennessee because he was there for the AFSCME union garbage workers. What was he there for? The right for them to have a union, the very thing we’re meeting about tonight is why Martin Luther King was in Memphis,” Mr. Sharpton said. “So, why would Dr. King die for something that 43 years later we’re even debating on whether we should have? I mean how can you celebrate King’s birthday on Monday and wonder whether do we need a union on Thursday?”
Mr. Sharpton said the Dolan family, which owns Cablevision, should keep Dr. King’s legacy in mind.
“In his name we ought to make the Dolans understand … if people would die for us to have a union what makes you think that we are not going to demand that now?”
Earlier this week, several potential 2013 mayoral candidates and a host of local politicians also connected Dr. King to the Cablevision dispute at a rally in Midtown Monday.
Watch video of Mr. Sharpton’s Cablevision speech below.