Corporate defiance by AT&T led members of CWA and their families to rally outside the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis on July 17.
All are employed by huge corporations that have been awarded contracts by the federal government, and all earn poverty wages.
Unionists at the confab included a large delegation from the CWA, a former top Unite Here activist, and AFL-CIO officials Liz Shuler and Tefere Gebre.
The win is the biggest in the history of Teamsters Joint Council 42, which covers Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
The legislation cuts employment and training funds, job services, job safety and health funding, kills health care quality evaluation and ACA funding of prevention programs.
Rauner's tactic is the latest in a nationwide campaign by the right, its business backers and its political puppets to trash workers, cut wages, destroy pensions and kill unions.
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
"Investors and companies have received benefits," Trumka said, "while workers have not, this has to change."
Chávez was also an early environmentalist, warning the public of the devastating effects of pesticides on both farmworkers and consumers.
When many working families are facing hardship and workers' rights are under attack, solidarity is still our best defense.