The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose members include Nissan, AT&T, FedEx, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield and others, actively supported the measure.
"The company broke faith with its workers by frequently and knowingly violating the law and blatantly disregarding known safety practices."
State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt called it "an attempt to block the recall of unpopular GOP senators and to suppress turnout among constituencies who may tend to vote Democratic."
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and in a number of states are out to kill, or at least cripple, unemployment insurance.
In Florida, a state that only a few decades ago was officially segregated, some people think this possible disenfranchisement is no accident.
At least 25 students were arrested after occupying a campus administrative building in protest of the University of Washington's contract with Sodexo, a giant food service provider.
The new three-year contracts, including raises and benefit improvements and a return to work with former positions and hours, were approved by an overwhelming vote of 189 to 6.
The AFL-CIO signed groundbreaking partnership agreements with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Guestworkers Alliance.
"We now live in a surveillance society," civil liberties attorney Chip Pitts charged, "and the dangerous thing is that [it is being] taken for granted, like water is for fish."
In the wake of his recent bid to end the collective bargaining rights of state employees, Scott Walker signed a bill that overturns Milwaukee's paid sick leave law.