The 45,000 strikers walked off the job this weekend because the company has refused to budge since negotiations began July 22.
The executive council praised the role workers and independent trade unions are playing in the popular mobilizations against corrupt, oppressive regimes.
The AFL-CIO is mapping plans to educate its members, other workers and the wider electorate in how to overcome efforts to suppress the right to vote.
Workers are locked outside company gates as their union battles an employer they say is determined to slash health benefits and weaken job security.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.
Labor leaders met for more than an hour with President Obama on Tuesday, urging him to focus on jobs for the remainder of his first term.
Labor leaders say the nation's real crisis is not a debt crisis but an unemployment crisis and spending cuts could, in fact, spiral the country into an even deeper recession.
Verizon, which earns billions in profits and whose chief officer makes $55,000 per day, is attacking the working conditions, health benefits and pensions of its unionized workforce.
"Industries that once were great contributors to our country - auto, shipbuilding, machine tools and even electronics - are shadows of what they once were," declares the Task Force on Job Creation, in its report, released in July.
With the current contract set to expire, contract negotiations for the 110,000 members of the United Auto Workers at Ford, GM and Chrysler opened.