Labor won one, lost one, and had one key issue still up in the air in the latest action in the Republican-run Michigan legislature.
Civil rights groups and sympathetic lawmakers were prompted to draft legislation creating an alternative route for workers to get justice against Walmart.
Many of the janitors employed by big corporations such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell, Penzoil, Centerpoint Energy, and Reliant, do not make enough to provide food for their families.
It was the largest labor union of its time and one of the first industrial unions in the United States.
"We're not going anyplace, we're still here and we're going to be loud and proud at our protests!"
Today in labor history ... an Occupy trio: 1934 first sit-down strike, 1937 Women's Day Massacre and 1953 four-day general strike in Hawaii.
The Service Employees and Priorities USA have bought ads in key states with Hispanic-American populations, exposing the anti-worker, anti-Hispanic record Mitt Romney.
With Chicago teachers facing a hostile mayor and Chicago Board of Education in negotiations for a new contract, 90% of teachers union members have voted to authorize a strike.
A coalition of unions and progressive groups launched a grassroots effort to end the Bush tax cuts by the end of this year.
The legislative session was unable to reach an agreement. Gov. Quinn has promised to call a special summer session to pass pension reform legislation.