The 45,000 workers and their allies came to hear labor leaders, community activists, and elected officials voice their frustration with politicians' failure to address the needs of working people.
The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide boycott of Palermo's Pizza in response to the company's "blatant disregard of its workers' choice to form a union."
A five-man Central Executive Council was established, dues were set, and the official motto became "Schedule with Safety."
A program to revitalize U.S. manufacturing should be put into the Democratic Party platform this fall, two Steelworker activists told the party's platform committee.
After years of defending itself against wave after wave of attacks, the labor movement seems to be mounting a full scale counter-offensive this summer.
The workers have been in contract negotiations since February, and are working under a contract that expired in April.
The company forced a strike with a draconian contract offer that would slash wages, increase health care costs and demolish pensions. Workers rejected the offer by a vote of 504-116.
AT&T "is manufacturing a crisis that doesn't exist" so it can squeeze us while making billions in profits every quarter. "They're trying to take away our benefits, slash our health care, trying to underfund our pensions."
At July's rate, it would take more than eight years to get back to full employment.
Reece will be forever known for the song, "Which Side Are You On?" written in 1931 during the "Harlan County War" strike in which her husband, Sam Reece, was an organizer.