A thousand union members and their allies are sitting in and blocking the entrances to the state Senate chamber in Indianapolis.
President Obama weighed in on the side of the workers who have occupied the Wisconsin state Capitol for four straight days, blasting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights as "an assault on unions."
50,000 people packed Capitol Square here on the third day of a virtual occupation of Wisconsin's seat of government.
President Barack Obama's proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 cuts the Department of Labor's budget by $40 billion.
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.
Responding to what it called complaints by "small business," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration retreated from even the mild ergonomics proposal it had planned for later this year.
The labor movement is reacting positively to the vision of the future put forward by President Obama in his State of the Union speech.
The Democratic-run House failed on Dec. 8 to pass a major job safety-mine safety bill that needed a two-thirds vote for approval.
During the Great Depression, big business used the crisis to attack workers' wages and living standards directly, cutting wages even while turning big profits. And exactly the same thing is happening again.