The workers' demands center on health and safety issues, contracting jobs out to non-union workers and health care.
As a result of Canadian laws and attitudes, union density there is at least double that in the U.S.
"Management cannot continue to resist allowing workers a stronger voice on issues that could very well make the difference between life and death for too many of them."
The automobile mechanics strike here at Al Piemonte Chevrolet, now over 30 weeks long, has deteriorated into a lock-out situation.
Oil industry obstinance, especially its refusal to even discuss worker safety issues, forced tens of thousands of Steelworkers to strike.
"Today it's your turn to step up to the plate and help other workers without unions organize, just as those unions stood with you 30 years ago."
"The pact shows the chain recognizes the nurses' devotion to assuring the highest level of quality care for patients as well as protections for the nurses who deliver that care."
Union demonstrators picket in front of 35 Kaiser Permanente locations throughout the state on behalf of some 2,600 mental health clinicians.
The union workers of FairPoint believe in serving their customers, not kowtowing to the company's greedy Wall Street owners.
The national wave of protests, which could be the biggest yet to hit the giant retailer outlets, comes on the heels last week of the first sit down strikes in Walmart's history.