"Corporate greed at Cooper Tire is flat out wrong!" That was the message brought by pickets protesting the lockout of 1051 workers by Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. at its plant in Findlay, Ohio.
The U.S. Department of Labor won a major victory this month in its campaign against job misclassification.
"You put out a different kind of fire," Solis said, referring to the key role firefighters played in the campaign.
With one year to go before the Nov. 2012 election, the key question for organized labor after this fall's voting is: Can it build on the Ohio win?
Hundreds rallied on the courthouse lawn in Newark, Ohio, on Oct. 30, "Solidarity Day," calling for repeal of Ohio's union-busting SB 5 law.
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Ohio voters favor repealing SB 5 by a 57 to 32 point margin.
Labor activists held a rally in Cleveland to mobilize voter turnout in the Nov. 8 election to defeat Issue 2 and repeal SB 5, the law that strips public employees collective bargaining rights.
Ohio unionists are ramping up their campaign to repeal right-wing Gov. John Kasich's anti-worker anti-union law, as a Nov. 8 referendum on it nears.
Unions say that the historic petition drive and a late July Quinnipiac poll showing voters favoring repeal are likely explanations.
Facing cuts in wages and health care as well as total elimination of their pensions, workers at the highly profitable Conn-Selmer plant went on strike.