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.
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.
"Many pronounced the cause hopeless, but fortunately we had the support of this community and we had the support of Gov. Strickland."
As Labor Day approaches, business groups are throwing big money into ad campaigns to undermine pro-labor candidates.
WASHINGTON - More than money or anything else, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told labor leaders, "Your union members are the power."