The first scheme they plan to stop is any Republican effort to impose a so-called "right to work" law in the Land of Lincoln.
Proposals would improve the solvency of state programs, reach more workers in need, and make the UI program more responsive to economic downturns.
USW members account for about 64 percent of the country's oil refining capacity, and more locations could soon join the strike if necessary.
Oil industry obstinance, especially its refusal to even discuss worker safety issues, forced tens of thousands of Steelworkers to strike.
"Today it's your turn to step up to the plate and help other workers without unions organize, just as those unions stood with you 30 years ago."
The CIW has "organized communities, stood by tomato workers for more than 20 years, and changed the face of this industry."
Betty Friedan was born on this date in 1921, and died on the same date in 2006 at the age of 85.
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.
Sixty-five years ago, at 8 pm Eastern time on February 2, 1950, the game show What's My Line? debuted on CBS-TV.
Supporters of the Raise the Wage Campaign, including church organizations, students groups, seniors, immigrant right groups, unions and labor leaders rallied at City Hall in LA.