WASHINGTON - The training was as intense as the rousing speeches here at a Battleground States Conference of AFL-CIO leaders, with a "four pillar" plan and seven "do's."
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Saying labor's current struggle "is not hopeless, just hard," Communications Workers President Larry Cohen laid out a long list of challenges his union and the rest of the movement face in the months and years ahead.
Union officials with the nation's largest labor group, the AFL-CIO, which represents about 11 million workers, say they plan to step up the pressure as the midterm 2010 election cycle approaches.
"We represent the workers of this state," Labor Council President Bob Soutier told union leaders and political candidates here at a Labor 2010 Kick-off meeting.
The governor's race may get the highest media profile and the most campaign donations, but it's Linda Chavez-Thompson for Texas Lieutenant Governor that really puts fire underneath union activists.
"Organized, mobilized unity in action - that is what will save the ordinary American," Stewart Acuff, of the Utility Workers' Union of America, told a packed Jobs with Justice Workers' Rights Board meeting here June 18.
The UAW and its workers have been through a tumultuous period, as the 75-year-old union meets this week in Detroit.
Workers are "frustrated, anxious and angry" about "an economy that doesn't work for them," and labor must harness that outrage, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told a panel last week.
A particular target for Texas trade unionists is anti-worker Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who continues to embarrass his state before the nation by defending BP.
WASHINGTON (PAI)--The Service Employees will "refocus" itself by pumping $4 million into organizing African-American and Latino workers, adding funds to their political campaign chest for selected races, and by trying to repair relations with the rest of organized labor -- with one exception -- says new President Mary Kay Henry.