At the recent national convention here of the APWU, actor Danny Glover delivered a speech that brought tears to the eyes and postal workers to their feet.
Congress left town on August 1 for a month-long recess without tackling a host of U.S. problems - and lack of infrastructure funding is one of those topping the list.
"It makes no sense that manufacturing workers and taxpayers are still being asked to subsidize the cost of shipping our jobs overseas with a tax loophole that should be eliminated."
The meeting came on the heels of the announcement that CPS was cutting over $50 million from neighborhood schools and diverting it to politically connected charter school.
The AFT convention has a blunt message for Education Secretary Arne Duncan: You flunk the test of helping the nation's schools and kids, so leave.
"No commercial, mass-produced, industrial-strength standardized factory test should ever be used as the determining factor for any student or adult."
The AFL-CIO has demanded that President Obama take administrative action to remove the threat of deportation hanging over some 11 million immigrants.
"Well first of all, I have been involved with issues about labor for a great deal of my life, I come out of a union family and my mother and my father were very much involved in organizing."
Unlike a lobby or interest group, a union has a duty to provide a service to every worker covered in its agreement.
After lobbying by the nation's postal unions - and questions from non-partisan auditors about savings claims - a key GOP-run House committee reversed course.