Steffen stressed "unity and militancy at the bargaining table" and his commitment to the campaign against big business and big givers' monetary dominance in politics.
"It strains our collective memory to think of a case where we attack a problem by defunding it when we want a positive outcome."
A notorious former coal company executive is still awaiting trial while the victims, the families of killed miners, await justice before the law.
Labor is increasing its attention on the GOP-run House, where the vote is expected to be much closer and up for grabs.
The UFW is calling for putting pressure on the giant Driscoll Company in solidarity with the striking workers.
The organic food industry especially should hold itself to high standards for labor practices.
USW members who work for Marathon have gone without pay for nearly three months because they know what's at stake: Their lives.
The TPP would give firms and investors "rights and privileges" that make it safer to take production overseas to low-wage, labor and human rights violators.
"U.S. railroads now transport 400,000 tank-car loads of oil yearly, passing through thousands of cities, towns, and communities where we live."
Chávez was also an early environmentalist, warning the public of the devastating effects of pesticides on both farmworkers and consumers.