It’s been 50 years since the original Selma-to-Montgomery marches in Alabama, but on Thursday a group of Selma autoworkers, local community leaders and representatives from national civil rights organizations re-created the iconic trek to Montgomery, this time marching to the Hyundai corporate offices there to demand better conditions in the company’s supply chain.
The workers, demanding an end to economic injustice that they say still faces black workers in Selma, attempted to hand-deliver a letter to managers at Hyundai, the sole customer of one of Selma’s largest employers, Renosol Seating. The letter demanded livable wages and additional protection for workers at the plant. However, it went undelivered because marchers were kicked out by security.
“I work hard all day making foam for Hyundai car seats, but Hyundai refuses to take responsibility for the fact that we are getting sick and struggling on low wages at its supplier plants like Renosol,” said Kim King, who has worked at Renosol Seating’s Selma plant for more than nine years and makes only a little more than $12 an hour, according to a press release. “Hyundai has the power—and the responsibility—to make sure that the jobs it supports pay decent wages and do not put our health at risk. And until the company listens, our movement will only grow stronger.”
Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS