"We have decided," said Larry Cohen, president of CWA, "that in today's America it is unacceptable that we cannot fill the position on a labor board designed to protect the rights of American workers."
Before the $85 billion budget cut time bomb explodes, leaders of the nation's unions are hammering out details of a program to prevent job losses and restore the economy for the working-class majority.
In back to back votes, SEIU Local 26 security officers and janitors voted unanimously to authorize their respective bargaining committees to call a strike at any time.
A top international union leader has a grim message for the leaders of world financial institutions.
"We've learned that it doesn't matter who you are, if you stay strong and you're on the side of justice."
The radical right, big business and GOP coalition that pushes right to work for less legislation suffered a setback in Virginia in late January.
Disregarding a move by Michigan's GOP governor to take the issue straight to the state Supreme Court, Michigan unions sued to overturn the state's "right to work" law affecting private sector workers.
Actions in the U.S. will vary from protests to delivering letters to Mexican government consulate offices.
The House of Representatives here gave a resounding defeat to the union haters this week when it voted 212-141 against a right to work for less bill.
Union leaders see the weakening of union rights and the drop in union membership numbers as key factors in the backward movement of the middle class.