The election report to delegates at the Central Labor Council (CLC), in this union-dense Ohio home of the state's largest steel and auto manufacturing facilities, was one of a different type this November.
The typhoon destroyed several hospitals, along with homes, schools, power lines, bridges and virtually everything else.
The "strike for better schools" was intended to reform the way the schools were administered and operated, and also how workers there were treated.
"They've taken every opportunity to fire people, and they've been getting away with it."
"I am saddened to report that the Board of Trustees directed me and the college's officers to develop a plan to close the college," said the institution's president.
The National Federation of Telephone Workers - later to become the CWA - was founded today in New Orleans in 1938.
Some right-wing anti-union moves ran into an apparently skeptical U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 13.
General Electric recently announced that it slated the closure of its plant in Fort Edwards, N.Y., and intends to move the remaining plant operations to an undisclosed site.
In 1947 the 81st Congress, controlled by Republicans for the first time since 1930, overruled President Truman's veto and rammed the Taft-Hartley Law through Congress, severely limited strike activities .
"John took us in," said Trumka. "We won a tremendous strike and saved healthcare for 2,000 families, my mother and dad included."