The automobile mechanics strike here at Al Piemonte Chevrolet, now over 30 weeks long, has deteriorated into a lock-out situation.
The first scheme they plan to stop is any Republican effort to impose a so-called "right to work" law in the Land of Lincoln.
No union can survive without being able to win contracts and thus being able to make substantial changes in wages and conditions.
On January 17, 1962, President John Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, recognizing the right of federal employees to bargain collectively.
The Act established that unions are not conspiracies under the law and freed them to legally strike, picket and boycott employers.
High turnout will be key to keeping a DFL majority in the House and moving forward a worker-friendly agenda.
"I have never seen such hostility, so many non-stop attacks on working people. The greedy corporate forces won't stop unless and until we stop them."
The message of the demonstrators was that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to win respect and a living wage, $15 and a union.
But the mass movement of low-wage workers, fighting for better wages and working conditions and the right to organize, is helping show the way out of the morass.
Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.