The workers have been in contract negotiations since February, and are working under a contract that expired in April.
The company forced a strike with a draconian contract offer that would slash wages, increase health care costs and demolish pensions. Workers rejected the offer by a vote of 504-116.
AT&T "is manufacturing a crisis that doesn't exist" so it can squeeze us while making billions in profits every quarter. "They're trying to take away our benefits, slash our health care, trying to underfund our pensions."
At July's rate, it would take more than eight years to get back to full employment.
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.
Support for striking Houston janitors mushroomed all over the country yesterday.
A federal district judge in D.C. has turned down the request to reconsider and reverse his prior ruling.
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.
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.
The labor movement will escalate the campaign to push for an end to American Crystal Sugar's year-long lockout of 1,300 workers.