Ada Edwards, a former Houston city councilor, spoke along with the pastor at St. John's Methodist Church. When you win, we all win, she told the hundreds of workers at the rally.
The strike was ultimately a victory, earning a further $11 million in pensions and benefits.
The vice president was introduced by Jill Biden who taught for 13 years in a public high school and continues teaching full time at Northern Virginia Community College, even as she serves as the "Second Lady."
Con Ed was forced back to the bargaining table to reach a tentative new contract with Utility Workers Local 1-2, which represents the electric firm's 8,500 workers.
In yet another move by a plurality Republican group, delegates to the IAFF convention formally endorsed President Obama and Vice President Biden for re-election.
On this day, the United Autoworkers and the Teamsters formed the national trade union center, Alliance for Labor Action.
A global boycott of Hyatt hotels was launched today at a press conference.
In a speech in Homestead, Pa., Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, declared that corporate money in politics threatens to overwhelm the voice of labor unions.
Tomorrow the Houston janitors' strike, now in its second week, will spread to eight cities across the country. The strike has garnered significant national support.
The point of all the initiatives is the same: Finding areas that can make money for investing unions and investing union pension plans - and put union members to work.