They came from Connecticut and Illinois - and just down the street: Family, neighbors and activists honored veteran political and labor journalist Tim Wheeler with a special tribute dinner.
Hundreds of union members, delegates to the Democratic National Convention, fanned out among their colleagues bearing little orange cards, talking about union rights.
Besides Trumka, Auto Workers President Bob King and Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry also addressed the convention.
The American Federation of Government Employees expressed utter outrage that this was done at a time when scientists were seeking union representation.
"For almost 20 years I have been a proud member of UAW Local 1112; thanks to President Obama, I still am."
On Sept. 2, the 21st annual Labor Day Parade took place in Paterson, New Jersey, a former factory town that has been, for decades, plagued with crime, poverty, and substance abuse.
Trumka "will stress the importance of electing leaders like President Barack Obama who will stand with working people in creating an economy that works for all."
"We are not dealing with your parents' and grandparents' Republican Party, and if we don't recognize the danger, we could lose everything."
On September 9, family and friends plan to honor Baltimore's "Renaissance Man" - veteran Peoplesworld.org journalist Tim Wheeler.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, legendary union organizer and later a leader of the Communist Party USA, was born Aug. 7, 1890.