From opposing "fast-track" trade treaty bargaining authority to restoring and expanding voting rights, the AFL-CIO Executive Council committed the labor movement to specific stands on a select group of high-profile issues.
In a message to 1,000-plus activists at UAW's political action conference in D.C., the union leader said activism is even more necessary because 2014 is an election year, when foes of workers will go all out against them.
On August 7, 1919, the Republic of the Councils of Hungary in Budapest was crushed by foreign reactionaries.
With the Obama administration moving ahead with negotiations with Pacific Rim nations, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Teamsters President James Hoffa teamed up.
The AFL-CIO is urging Congress and the Obama administration to use negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Pact to redo U.S. trade policy to support workers.
"As president, Barack Obama has placed his faith in America's working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery and to our full potential as a nation," Richard Trumka said during the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.
The National Nurses Union led a coalition of U.S. unions that demonstrated in six cities on Nov. 30 to back British public workers, who staged a one-day strike.
Americans must challenge and rethink three basic assumptions that have guided the country and the economy for the last 30 years and run both into the ditch, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says.
Unionists face uphill odds in battling against so-called U.S. "free trade" pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
Labor activists are blasting the GOP "free trade" proposals to cut public workers' jobs and to lessen unemployment benefits.