The union sees its successful organizing campaign as a clear indication that face-to-face organizing is the proper response to what has been an onslaught of attacks on public service workers.
The DC37 pact, which covers workers at 53 locals, is important as a potential pacesetter for other unions in the Big Apple.
Workers from many walks of life will join picket lines a day after Tories threatened to impose new anti-union laws if they win the next election.
The LA pension case affects 20,000 present municipal workers and the Illinois case affects 621,000 workers and retirees.
On May 28, 1946, more than 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., staged a successful one-day general strike.
Sponsors of two anti-union initiative petitions agreed to withdraw their measures aimed at the Oregon ballot in November.
Thousands jammed the streets around the State Capitol building here today to protest the latest in a sting of attempts by state Republicans to kill union rights for public workers and eventually all workers in Pennsylvania.
Union membership in the U.S. rose by 162,000 in 2013, to 14.528 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated, but the union share of the nation's workers stayed unchanged at 11.3 percent.
"My personal caregiver came to me two weeks ago in a snowstorm. She gets a really good wage because of the union. When she's stress-free, I'm stress-free."
Local 22, was awarded new contracts by arbitration three times. All three times Mayor Nutter challenged it in court. A successful mass petition drive this year to curb the mayor's power forced Nutter to back down.