In 1947 the 81st Congress, controlled by Republicans for the first time since 1930, overruled President Truman's veto and rammed the Taft-Hartley Law through Congress, severely limited strike activities .
"John took us in," said Trumka. "We won a tremendous strike and saved healthcare for 2,000 families, my mother and dad included."
In the latest instance of a group of low-wage, hard-to-organize workers banding together and joining unions, taxi drivers in Washington, D.C., are joining Teamsters Local 922.
"Any anti-poverty approach must raise up the rights of workers to join a union and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions."
The three-year pacts cover workers at the Webster Car Wash and WCA/Rico Pobre Car Wash in the Bronx and the Jomar Car Wash and Sutphin Car Wash in Queens.
A string of recent Teamsters organizing victories has added almost 800 new members in seven locations in the last few months.
Duncan said the intent of the project was to insure "voices from the past are not lost."
"When the airport opened, they were all well-paying jobs; now they're all minimum wage, with no benefits and many are contracted out."
October 24 marks events in two of the most significant struggles by workers in U.S. history: for shorter hours and better wages.
The AFL-CIO and its Working America affiliate announced Oct. 23 that the affiliate will expand its operations to all 50 states within five years.