The sounds of support from passing drivers reached us before we got to the picket line in an industrial area of Syracuse on Thursday.
Labor, community, faith, women, youth and environmental activists discussed, debated and got fired up for the fights ahead.
Solidarity is key to the victory of any strike, especially for the 45,000 Verizon workers fighting to save their jobs and benefits at the bargaining table.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.
With the current contract set to expire, contract negotiations for the 110,000 members of the United Auto Workers at Ford, GM and Chrysler opened.
Hundreds of delegates to the NAACP's 102nd convention marched in support of UFCW, which is in negotiations with supermarket companies.
After a 4-and-a-half month lockout in the National Football League, players and owners finally agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Construction companies are cheating the state out of as much as $175 million a year, according to a commentary by the Texas AFL-CIO.
What it really is, union leaders say, is a move to strip the NLRB of much of its power to rule for and protect workers' rights.
A UAW local filed labor charges against giant military contractor Bell Helicopter for "an attempt to weaken and eliminate the union."