The thrill and excitement of having President Barack Obama at the Chicago Ford factory was tempered by continuing high unemployment figures, and worries that people won't be able to buy the new cars produced.
WASHINGTON - President Obama spent the morning of his birthday asking labor leaders to do everything they can to prevent a Republican takeover of Congress in November.
"Organized, mobilized unity in action - that is what will save the ordinary American," Stewart Acuff, of the Utility Workers' Union of America, told a packed Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board meeting here June 18.
Angered by devastating budget cuts, threatened layoffs and school privatization, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members voted in a new leadership June 10.
The UAW and its workers have been through a tumultuous period, as the 75-year-old union meets this week in Detroit.
"They got bailed out, we got sold out!" was the chant as over 150 trade unionists and community allies marched through downtown Oakland April 5, pausing at banks along the route to let their message soak in.
This morning's release of the government employment report showed 162,000 payroll jobs gained in March, the largest jump in three years.
President Obama is bypassing Republican obstructionists in the Senate this week and naming 15 people to administration positions, which the GOP has blocked for an average of 214 days.
The AFL-CIO Executive Council voted March 18 to support the Senate-passed health care bill, despite all its flaws.
Some 5,000 activists demanding "Health Care Now!" descended on the nation's capital March 9 to call for the arrest of the nation's leading health insurance executives.