Only a year ago, despite a super recession that had tightened its grip on their country, American workers were full of hope that a new day had dawned.
Among at least 20 new rules President Obama's Labor Department plans to introduce in the new year is one that would require companies to file financial disclosures on their union-busting activity.
For the health care bill that is emerging in the Senate "to be worthy of the support of working men and women, substantial changes must be made," declared Richard Trumka.
A clear position on the latest Senate compromises did not emerge from closed-door meetings of the nation's labor leaders last night, but labor remains determined.
While AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a live webcast yesterday, answered questions about the jobs crisis from workers all over the country, Democratic leaders announced a jobs bill.
"Lee Enterprises is cutting retirees' health care, not because they are losing money, but because they want more profits," said Shannon Duffy, business manager for the St. Louis Newspaper Guild.
Workers employed by a large staffing agency at a Wal-Mart warehouse here filed a class action lawsuit Dec. 10 alleging wage theft.
A crowd of 90 supporters turned out for the annual People's World banquet here to honor United Steelworkers Local 404 as well as longtime People's World supporter Lou Incognito.
"This is corporate greed at its finest," stated Ohio state Rep. Dan Stewart, addressing an angry crowd of unionists and supporters at Wendy's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.
Enjoying great music, food and politics, a full house celebrated the 22nd Annual People's World Banquet Dec. 6 at the Parthenon Restaurant.