"The sun is shining on organized labor today," State Sen. Tim Green, told thousands of union members.
The Teamsters have apparently caught the Obama Transportation Department in several contradictions.
The Obama administration's Office of Management and Budget is sitting on - apparently indefinitely - a proposed job safety rule to cut worker exposure to silica dust.
The labor movement has more than its share of critics. It seems like nearly everyone is ready to give it advice, whether solicited or not.
"Working families who built Michigan's middle class now want to rebuild it," Teamsters President James Hoffa said.
Members of the Communications Workers of America, other unions and student and community allies protested outside of a Verizon wireless store.
The immediate struggle for pay raises and collective bargainingis part of the larger, national context for democracy and progressive change.
"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.
Podhorzer said that by the end of today the AFL-CIO would be kicking off its 2012 election effort by issuing an official endorsement of President Obama's bid for re-election.