The crowd in Helena was a cross-section of the state's population: women and men, youth and elders, and workers of all trades - union and non-union.
Michigan labor gathered here determined to stop the onslaught of anti-labor bills and budget cuts Republicans are pushing.
As rallies, town hall meetings and teach-ins spread throughout the state up to 10,000 Ohioans converged on the Statehouse Tuesday to protest a Republican bill to repeal public employees' right to bargain collectively.
Thousands massed in Madison this morning for the 12th major rally since the protests began, and workers say they'll be "tracking down" the fleeing governor "until he finally talks to us."
A thousand union members and their allies are sitting in and blocking the entrances to the state Senate chamber in Indianapolis.
President Obama weighed in on the side of the workers who have occupied the Wisconsin state Capitol for four straight days, blasting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights as "an assault on unions."
50,000 people packed Capitol Square here on the third day of a virtual occupation of Wisconsin's seat of government.
President Barack Obama's proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 cuts the Department of Labor's budget by $40 billion.
Responding to what it called complaints by "small business," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration retreated from even the mild ergonomics proposal it had planned for later this year.
The labor movement is reacting positively to the vision of the future put forward by President Obama in his State of the Union speech.