Reports showing union membership at an all-time low are of enormous concern at a gathering of the nation's labor leaders. Members of the AFL-CIO executive council see it tied to attacks on democratic rights.
Before the $85 billion budget cut time bomb explodes, leaders of the nation's unions are hammering out details of a program to prevent job losses and restore the economy for the working-class majority.
Disregarding a move by Michigan's GOP governor to take the issue straight to the state Supreme Court, Michigan unions sued to overturn the state's "right to work" law affecting private sector workers.
Gov. Pat Quinn sugarcoated an attack on public workers with a host of progressive policy proposals.