President Barack Obama's proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 cuts the Department of Labor's budget by $40 billion.
The labor movement is reacting positively to the vision of the future put forward by President Obama in his State of the Union speech.
"Many pronounced the cause hopeless, but fortunately we had the support of this community and we had the support of Gov. Strickland."
"We're everywhere, not just in the east or the western part of the state," said Liz McElroy of the AFL-CIO.
There was justice in organized labor's efforts to unseat Blanche Lincoln - but the real issue is the unfulfilled historic legacy of its plans to organize the South.