City, union reach deal on retirements for workers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the union representing the city’s sanitation workers have reached an agreement that will provide benefits for retiring workers, including some who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during their historic 1968 strike.

Wharton signed an agreement Monday with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The proposal will be presented to the Memphis City Council for approval at Tuesday’s meeting.

Wharton says the monthly monetary benefits have not been determined.

King came to Memphis to support the sanitation workers strike in 1968. The workers had been seeking safer working conditions, better benefits and higher pay.

King was killed April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel. The striking sanitation workers later claimed victory on several fronts, but they’ve never had a pension.