The state NAACP and Greenville branch say they support Greenville sanitation workers in their demands for "dignity and respect, job security, safety, a grievance procedure and meet-and-confer."
It was earlier in November when Greenville sanitation workers staged a one day walkout over their concerns and then later took them to city hall.
The NAACP says "It opposes any actions to suspend or discipline Greenville Sanitation workers for the stand they took to correct this injustice."
NAACP leaders say, "When workers are disrespected by management; when communications breakdown; and when there are no mechanisms for workers and management to discuss major problems, then workers are left with no choice but to take actions to bring attention to the problems."
The NAACP invoked the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King saying, "The demand for dignity and respect by the Memphis Sanitation workers in 1968 was the last courageous stand by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. It represents a great symbol of the Black Civil Rights Movement."
The civil rights organization says the NC Public Service Workers Union-UE150 is in the forefront of organizing city workers throughout the state to challenge and change unjust laws and to empower workers by building a campaign for City Worker Bill of Rights in every city.