"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.
International union organizations are joining a drive to free top Colombian labor leader Huber Ballesteros "without delay."
"From the first day I put the uniform on, I knew it was the job I wanted to retire from."
"Retirees are sick and tired of being scapegoats for these politicians in Washington. Social Security recipients and pensioners have already been hit hard."