Since the union's contract with Southwest Airlines became amendable, workers say the company has stalled in negotiations and brought an ever-increasing list of demands for cuts.
The AFL-CIO will probe new ways of organizing itself and the broader labor movement and its allies to meet what it says are the changing times.
The revamp will meet the conditions of changing workplaces, extend labor's reach, and shift its emphasis within the federation to more inter-union and regional cooperation.
Can you imagine trying to live on $2.13 an hour, with no sick days and a 1-in-10 chance of having health care coverage?
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.
Actions in the U.S. will vary from protests to delivering letters to Mexican government consulate offices.
The long struggle by thousands of Avondale shipyard workers here to save their jobs appears to have been successful.
The two top Illinois labor leaders were joined by policy experts to demand closing tax loopholes for Wall Street and the richest two percent of Americans.
The nation's largest coal companies created the spin-off company, Patriot Coal, in a scheme to rob thousands of union members and beneficiaries of their pensions and health care benefits.
Parsons was described by the Chicago Police Department as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters."