The 7,500 union teachers and staff, fired after the state took over the schools following Hurricane Katrina, are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It's taken nine years, but some 7,000 former New Orleans school workers may be headed for a multimillion-dollar win of back wages and penalties this fall.
The revolt consisted of somewhere between 300-500 people.
"We're a pretty good team," says Sarah Mandel, one of a group of young interns working here to stop the Avondale shipyard from closing.
Workers, unions, community groups, small businesses and others in the fight to save 5,000 jobs at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans are feeling better now about the possibility of a victory.
When Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region five years ago many of the workers at the Avondale shipyard near New Orleans stayed behind when the area was evacuated.