From opposing "fast-track" trade treaty bargaining authority to restoring and expanding voting rights, the AFL-CIO Executive Council committed the labor movement to specific stands on a select group of high-profile issues.
Labor unions, including some that did not at first like the idea, say that hooking up with nonunion workers' centers has helped them make gains, including growing their own memberships.
The governors targeted for defeat are Florida's Rick Scott, Michigan's Rick Snyder, Ohio's John Kasich, Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett and Wisconsin's Scott Walker.
The AFL-CIO's executive council unanimously passed a resolution Feb. 19 calling for the passage of strong federal legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act.
The nation's labor leaders say that America's workers and their unions will not be deterred by the setback at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
A misleading op-ed co-written by a Koch and ALEC ally, falsely claimed creating a union in a local Volkswagen plant would negatively impact the state economy and plant relations.
Hundreds of AFGE members marched on Capitol Hill on Feb. 11 campaigning for national and union causes.
The 800 workers stood strong and with a broad array of public support forced the administration of the community hospital to end the lockout.
If the union wins, the victory would make VW the UAW's second plant in the Volunteer State, but its first successful organizing drive in years in the anti-union South.
Gerard ran down a range of progressive initiatives Obama has proposed during his five years in the Oval Office. Then he launched his blast at the GOP.