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 struggle for workers' collective bargaining rights suffered a blow in Indiana, but the fight is not over yet.
Republican union busters are planning, just in time for the holidays, a shut down of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Just days before Election Day, 2011, a national group devoted to workers rights has issued a scathing report about Republican intentions toward workers.
CWA launched a "Countdown to Shutdown" advertising campaign, sending flyers to 600,000 voters in 25 swing districts of Republican lawmakers on Aug. 30.
Organized labor will not allow a Republican to win the presidency, Michael Podherzer, the AFL-CIO's political director said.
Union leaders say Verizon management, taking its lead from right-wing GOP governors, is trying to kill public support for its striking workers by portraying them as an overpaid elite.
Organized labor mobilized in congressional districts nationwide in August, with two top leaders saying union activists this year will take the place of the tea party radicals of 2009-10. And the unionists, leaders and organizers say, are mad.
The AFL-CIO is mapping plans to educate its members, other workers and the wider electorate in how to overcome efforts to suppress the right to vote.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.