About 200 people including union members and the Occupy movement gathered on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse recently to voice their outrage over the "right to work" bill.
This week a state senate panel in South Carolina approved a bill that would force unemployed workers to take drug tests in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.
An influential right-wing group among the House's new GOP majority, the 170-member Republican Study Committee (RSC), is using "budget cutting" as an excuse to attack federal worker union reps.
Showing he won't take the Senate GOP "no's" for an answer, President Barack Obama on Jan. 26 renominated former top union attorney Craig Becker as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
The Republican Party's platform for the mid-term elections, its "Pledge to America," has a sharply racist edge.
Democrats are expected to have the 60 votes needed to cut off a GOP filibuster against extension of unemployment benefits.
The chair of the National Labor Relations Board yesterday came closer to taking an openly pro-labor stand than has any federal regulator in history when she blasted the "political paralysis" fostered by the GOP.