The unions and their allies have launched campaigns against the budget cutting ideas, contacting lawmakers both in D.C. and at home.
Union leaders meeting with Barack Obama on Nov. 13 urged him to stick to his campaign pledges to raise taxes on the rich and to aid the middle class.
The vice president was introduced by Jill Biden who taught for 13 years in a public high school and continues teaching full time at Northern Virginia Community College, even as she serves as the "Second Lady."
Public sector job cuts are politically motivated, orchestrated by the Republicans and disproportionately hurting women and minorities.
Planned cuts to the U.S. Postal Service that would cost more than 100,000 active workers their jobs and other cuts, prompted eight retired union Letter Carriers to begin a hunger strike in D.C. on June 25. t
From coast to coast, mayors and city councils are hacking away at firefighters' ranks in desperate attempts to cut budgets and save cash by cutting workers.
The 3.2-million-member National Education Association has endorsed President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
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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.
Next in the "rising tide of world labor protest" file comes the September 29 labor actions in Europe.