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Editorial: Local 22 set a proud legacy

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:00 am

The legacy of the Local 22 union at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the 1940s is as proud as the Journal’s coverage of the union is regrettable. We salute an event that will take place Saturday afternoon at the corner of Fourth Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Winston-Salem: the unveiling of an historic state marker commemorat-ing the work of Local 22.

No matter how you feel about today’s unions, Local 22 of the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers of America-CIO is worth honoring. As correspondent Jonathan Michels reported in Monday’s Journal, the union “gained national attention for its vision of an equal society” and “influenced a generation of civil-rights activists.”

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