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.
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 labor movement and the faith community are joined at the hip."
Two hundred thirty members of USW Local 624 have been on strike since May at the Husky Energy refinery, mainly over family issues.
The Anheuser-Busch-owned beer distributorship wanted to implement its own business model but apparently forgot the Teamsters.
Some arguments can best be won with the opportune use of a good example.
A total of 82 percent of union members voted on the demands. Of those, 63 percent voted to reject Crystal's contract offer.
CWA spent years contacting the customer service reps at American Airlines and was ready to hold a union election just as management took the company into bankruptcy.
Even as Mayor Michael Bloomberg ladles out billions of dollars to contractors in questionable deals, the multimillionaire former businessman is trying to cut pay of 10,000 of the city's municipal trades workers.
"Working at a site without air on a 90-degree day and trying to keep my staff and donors from passing out was part of my daily challenge."