Oil industry obstinance, especially its refusal to even discuss worker safety issues, forced tens of thousands of Steelworkers to strike.
The USW called for its refinery workers to stage their walkout after negotiations with Shell Oil Co. broke down less than two weeks after they began.
Keystone foes say the pipeline would carry "dirty oil" to the U.S. Gulf Coast refineries at a cost of an unacceptable increase in the gases that cause global warming.
Within days of each other last week, two groups of Northern California recycling workers declared they'd had enough of what they see as regimes of indignity and discrimination.
For workers in Colombia, providing bouquets for vases has meant increasing hours with falling pay, growing health problems, and human rights violations.
"There are good potential union jobs in clean energy; there's no reason why it can't happen, we just have a lot of work to do."
It is believed to be the largest fire in U.S. history and the deadliest until the September 11 attacks in 2001
The Bricklayers became the latest union to join the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of 16 unions and environmental groups working together.
Two mineworkers were killed late Monday after being trapped in a collapse in a coal mine in Wharton, W.Va., operated by the Patriot Coal Company.
Firefighters can smell smoke on their hair and skin for days after a fire; chemicals get into skin through the pores.