The party cleavage was stark in the GOP-run House last year on key votes. Unions use the AFL-CIO figures as part of their evaluations when deciding, locally, whether to support or oppose an incumbent lawmaker.
The Missouri Legislature is debating anti-immigrant bills targeting students, non-English-speaking drivers and the federal government.
Many working people gathered in Indianapolis over the past few weeks to stand up against this legislation.
Union leaders view positively the emphasis President Obama put on economic themes in his State of the Union address, particularly his call for the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes .
Workers, their unions and their allies are gearing up for more tough legislative fights in 2012.
Even the jobless benefits bill, which both parties agree upon, is hung up by a partisan dispute over how to pay for the $150 billion measure.
The struggle for workers' collective bargaining rights suffered a blow in Indiana, but the fight is not over yet.
Republican union busters are planning, just in time for the holidays, a shut down of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Just days before Election Day, 2011, a national group devoted to workers rights has issued a scathing report about Republican intentions toward workers.
CWA launched a "Countdown to Shutdown" advertising campaign, sending flyers to 600,000 voters in 25 swing districts of Republican lawmakers on Aug. 30.