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.
The UAW effort in Alabama is part of the union's new focus on organizing autoworkers at foreign "transplant" plants in the South.
The union sees its successful organizing campaign as a clear indication that face-to-face organizing is the proper response to what has been an onslaught of attacks on public service workers.
The DC37 pact, which covers workers at 53 locals, is important as a potential pacesetter for other unions in the Big Apple.
Teach Great, a coalition backed by billionaire Rex Sinquefield, is funding the ballot initiative.
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, is famous for two things: anthracite coal and union organizing.