Thousands of union members and their allies have effectively occupied the state Capitol and the grounds around it for more than 36 hours now.
President Barack Obama's proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 cuts the Department of Labor's budget by $40 billion.
State officials around the country are using state and local budget woes as a smokescreen for campaigns against public unions.
Not paid at all for three pay periods, 3,750 jobs saved at Kansas City plant, Union credited with saving 700 jobs in Indiana, He wants working families to pay, Coal mine disaster 'preventable'
The Labor Department's Women's Bureau, faced with small size, a budget freeze and potential cuts, will emphasize research on working women's issues, outreach to workers and - despite a potentially hostile GOP House majority - paycheck fairness, the agency's director says.
"I'm carrying my purse, because they are trying to steal from us. I'm not wearing my earrings because we are in a fight!" declared Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
It was one of the most important conventions I have ever attended, and at the top of the agenda was our campaign "5 Days is the Wrong Way - Save Saturday Delivery."
Next in the "rising tide of world labor protest" file comes the September 29 labor actions in Europe.
"There is no tragedy in growing old, but there is tragedy in growing old without means of support,"President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1934.
ST. LOUIS - "To eliminate Saturday service would destroy the Postal Service," Tony Harris, president of the American Postal Workers Union Gateway District Area Local, said July 12.