Over 2,000 trade union activists and friends attended the conference, which was geared toward helping unionists find ways to build coalitions and win struggles in today's difficult political climate.
The union's wage proposal would add 0.32 percent to Hopkins' $754 million payroll costs; in 2013, Hopkins reported a surplus of $145 million.
Three years after it was added as a side pact to the controversial U.S.-Colombia "free trade" pact, the Labor Action Plan designed to improve workers' lot and their rights is a failure.
The Chicago regional chapter of the NLRB ruled that Northwestern University football players have the right to form a union if they desire.
Affordable, quality health care and secure, union jobs are both threatened by the growing consolidation and monopolization of the medical industry.
"Hello my name is is Miles, and according to the governor of New Mexico I am a big union boss."
The nation's unions need new approaches to recruit and retain younger workers, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry says.
"What's another term for an insatiable monster hell-bent on savagely devouring everything in its sight? The Ryan Budget."
The situation at the Central Electronics shop of New York City Transit, under the yoke of a vicious anti-union management, has reached a boiling point.
"HB 1617 is a patronizing bill that doesn't treat state workers like adults, it treats them like children who don't know what they are doing when they sign an authorization card to join a union."