An IAM delegation visited Washington, DC for the 2020 AFL‑CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. This year’s theme was “Give Us the Ballot.”

Watch IAM members at the AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Conference

In a message to IAM members, International President Robert Martinez Jr. urged members to stand up together in solidarity, organize with urgency and never give up on our sacred calling to promote dignity for every working person.

“Prior to his assassination in 1968, King worked feverishly to highlight economic injustice in America through his Poor People’s Campaign,” wrote Martinez. “Economic inequality continues to threaten our country today. Wages for workers have stagnated; costs for health care and insurance have skyrocketed; and the pay gap between CEOs and workers continues to widen.”

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes participated in a voting rights panel discussion at the National Press Club as a part of the conference activities.

“A union contract gives me a vote and a voice at work,” said  Cervantes. “The ballot gives women, people of color,  and working people a voice and a vote in our nation, states, cities, and communities.”