AFA-CWA filed on Jan. 6 with the National Mediation Board for a recognition election among the 53 U.S.-based flight attendants of Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline.
"Any right-to-work effort in Michigan is going to be met with the fiercest opposition organized labor has ever brought against a single issue," said a building trades leader.
"It's a new day, a new labor movement," and "victory can come to the 99 percent if we stand united," said AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.
The union says oil companies' closure of three big refineries in the Philadelphia area - and a plan to demolish one plant if its owner can't find a buyer - could lead to oil shortages in the Northeast.
This week a state senate panel in South Carolina approved a bill that would force unemployed workers to take drug tests in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.
The struggle for workers' collective bargaining rights suffered a blow in Indiana, but the fight is not over yet.
Yet another right-wing attempt to curb unions' political activism, by cutting off money, landed before the Supreme Court today.
When the nation's transportation unions won a significant decision on union election rules, in federal appeals court, it emphasized the importance of courts to workers.
For the second day in a row, the GOP was unable to push through the legislation because House Democrats failed to show up for a vote.
Another right-wing effort to throw public worker unions out of politics hit the U.S. Supreme Court agenda.