The granny in "Grannygate" is Marlene Quinn, a 78-year-old Cincinnati woman whose grandson and great granddaughter were saved by firefighters in a house fire a year ago.
"What we saw was never to be imagined: When the work day ends, farm workers - men, women, and children - returned to grim camps."
It was six in the morning of Oct. 26 and two busloads of motivated Chicago teachers and friends were on their way to Springfield to rally and lobby to protect their pensions.
Public employee pension plans are actually far more cost effective than defined contribution, the 401k-style plans fashionable in the private sector.
Among bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown recently were a measure to let undocumented college students apply for publicly funded scholarships and another to strengthen labor protections for farm workers.
In a show of solidarity, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO has voted to unite all public sector unions in a coalition to coordinate a defense against ultra-right anti-labor legislative efforts.
OccupySTL is part of a nationwide movement that started with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.
A few hundred union members and community residents gathered at Youngstown State University in a kickoff rally to gather support for the statewide campaign to defeat Issue Number 2 on the Ohio ballot.
Cutting out a key component, if upheld, will have devastating consequences for working families and port communities plagued by dirty air and dead-end jobs.
Energized by President Obama's bold call for passage of the American Jobs Act, civil rights and labor groups are calling for a national march in Washington to support it.