"This is nothing more than a politically motivated attack on workers designed to eliminate your voice."
Some 250 AFGE members and supporters rallied outside Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's office in St. Louis, March 20, to protest the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts to vital social services and the military, known as sequestration.
Inside Cobo Hall, Detroit's convention arena, corporate CEOs gathered to discuss the state's economy at Gov. Snyder's two-day economic summit.
Before the $85 billion budget cut time bomb explodes, leaders of the nation's unions are hammering out details of a program to prevent job losses and restore the economy for the working-class majority.
A coalition of organized labor, community activists, and religious groups demonstrated support Jan. 29 for legislative initiative to increase the minimum wage in New York State. The minimum wage for nonexempt employees in the state is currently set by the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The nation's unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, up 0.1% from December's figure.
A review of these headlines does more than just take one down memory lane.
The strike by dock workers could have frozen business at every port from Boston to Houston.
On Dec. 5, 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy had shed 520,000 jobs the month before.
Organized labor's final election push turned to get-out-the-vote and voter protection.