Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the early death of a labor hero: UAW President Walter Reuther. Reuther helped to form the labor movement as a force for not only workers’ rights, but women’s rights, civil rights, environmentalism and social justice, too. In honor of Reuther’s colossal legacy, we are joining our UAW brothers and sisters in asking the postmaster general to issue a commemorative stamp for the anniversary of his death.
In his lifetime, Walter Reuther was a strong ally of Martin Luther King Jr., marching with him across the American South. He advocated for universal health care, better public education and access to affordable housing. It’s imperative that Reuther’s powerful message—that unions are a force for good for all people—not be lost to history.
We are urging the stamp development committee and Postmaster General to produce a postage stamp in honor of Walter Reuther. May 9, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Reuther’s untimely death. Reuther is quoted as saying, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow man. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” These words personify the extraordinary life and work of Walter Reuther, and his legacy lives on in the lives of all Americans who benefit from his contributions to society.