Construction unions called Obama's ruling a "job killer," but at least five unions sided with environmental groups against Keystone.
Even the jobless benefits bill, which both parties agree upon, is hung up by a partisan dispute over how to pay for the $150 billion measure.
The world's unions are delivering a strong message to international political and business leaders: Create jobs - millions of jobs - or face the consequences.
The union says oil companies' closure of three big refineries in the Philadelphia area - and a plan to demolish one plant if its owner can't find a buyer - could lead to oil shortages in the Northeast.
The AFL-CIO and allied groups have held actions in 50 cities urging extension of unemployment benefits set to begin expiring in January.
Jobs, justice and voting rights were the focus of two mass rallies in New York City.
The Transport Workers "will do everything possible" to vigorously protect 23,400 members who work for American Airlines and its American Eagle subsidiary as the carrier goes through bankruptcy, officials say.
Labor came out in a huge way to lend their support to Occupy Detroit this past Sunday, Nov. 6.
Just days before Election Day, 2011, a national group devoted to workers rights has issued a scathing report about Republican intentions toward workers.
On Tuesday, workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, Calif. reached a contract, becoming the first-ever Southern California car wash to unionize, reported the AFL-CIO.