About 150 striking San Antonio garbagemen, fired for their illegal strike, brought their families to city hall to demand their jobs back. In Tuscaloosa, Ala., striking municipal workers were given another four days to get back to work or get fired.
And in Memphis, which recently underwent a violent firefighters strike, about 200 police and their families marched to city hall to dramatize their demands in stalled contract negotiations.
In San Antonio, 300 demonstrators - about 150 garbagemen and their families - demanded that their jobs be traded for that of City Manager Tim Huebner, who has fired 200 garbagemen and other city workers backing the illegal strike.
In Tuscaloosa, Mayor Ernest Collins relented on his threat to fire striking city workers who failed to show up for work yesterday morning and extended the deadline to 7 a.m. Monday.
Union spokesman Willie Harper said a contract was signed Wednesday night, but the workers would remain off the job to protest the city's refusal to remove a supervisor from his job.
In Memphis, meanwhile, about 200 police and their families marched to city hall to focus attention on their demands for higher pay. They carried signs reading, "crime doesn't pay - neither does police work."