Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated a high moral ground in his 1961 address to the National AFL-CIO. Dr. King’s speech identified the common sense shared by the Civil Rights and Labor movements. In particular, he praised unions’ leadership for advocating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Furthermore, he envisioned the ethical principles bringing Labor and Civil Rights together to realize a high moral ground for promulgating workers’ equity, equality and respectful dialogue across divisions of class, race and national origin. I contrast Dr. King’s ethical statement and system of values regarding the NLRA to a series of legal decisions and administrative orders respectively by Justice Brett Kavanaugh and President Donald Trump who have jointly failed to recognize workers’ rights. In summation, I reiterate initiatives currently modeling humane, ethical leadership initiatives by labor unions that are collaborating to bring dignity to adjunct instructors’ employment in universities and colleges across the U.S.

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