Membership in unions increased by 49,000 from 2010 to 2011, including 15.000 new members in the 16 to 24-year-old range.
More than jobs are back: New polls in Michigan show Obama has jumped ahead of his Republican opponents here.
Union leaders view positively the emphasis President Obama put on economic themes in his State of the Union address, particularly his call for the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes .
Construction unions called Obama's ruling a "job killer," but at least five unions sided with environmental groups against Keystone.
Even the jobless benefits bill, which both parties agree upon, is hung up by a partisan dispute over how to pay for the $150 billion measure.
The world's unions are delivering a strong message to international political and business leaders: Create jobs - millions of jobs - or face the consequences.
The union says oil companies' closure of three big refineries in the Philadelphia area - and a plan to demolish one plant if its owner can't find a buyer - could lead to oil shortages in the Northeast.