Over 2,000 trade union activists and friends attended the conference, which was geared toward helping unionists find ways to build coalitions and win struggles in today's difficult political climate.
The union's wage proposal would add 0.32 percent to Hopkins' $754 million payroll costs; in 2013, Hopkins reported a surplus of $145 million.
Three years after it was added as a side pact to the controversial U.S.-Colombia "free trade" pact, the Labor Action Plan designed to improve workers' lot and their rights is a failure.
"HB 1617 is a patronizing bill that doesn't treat state workers like adults, it treats them like children who don't know what they are doing when they sign an authorization card to join a union."
The five Cubans referred to in the resolution were arrested in 1998 and convicted following a controversial trial for monitoring Miami-based groups planning terrorist actions in Cuba.
At the intersection of Snelling and University Avenues in St. Paul, Minnesota, 26 were arrested on Black Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, for protesting poverty wages.
The people's verdict following the 15-minute mock trial: Guilty on all counts, including worker abuse, misuse of taxpayer funds and destroying the American economy.
Walmart workers striking for higher wages here have added the element of song to their picketing, marching and chanting.
"Walmart is just a bully, and people across the country are starting to see the real Walmart, that's why I continue to stand up, because the time for change is now."
"John took us in," said Trumka. "We won a tremendous strike and saved healthcare for 2,000 families, my mother and dad included."