The Republic Steel mill in south Chicago is sacred ground for the American labor movement.
With the presidential campaign in full swing following President Obama's formal re-election announcement, two top unions jumped in hard.
Leo Gerard, president of the Steelworkers, described over breakfast his recurring nightmare.
"This is the right time to do the right thing for a man who proved he is right for the job," said Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.
The first-ever group of unionized carwash workers won a $1 million back pay settlement.
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.
Steelworkers are strongly supporting a new "Buy America" jobs push, targeted at infrastructure projects, proposed Rep. Nick Rahall and colleagues.
According to Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, the ruling extending import curbs on steel plate from Korea, India and Indonesia will save U.S. jobs.
The London conference discussed participation by rank and file delegations of activists in each other's education, rapid response, health and safety, civil rights, and women's conferences.
On the final day of their International Convention 2011, the United Steel Workers (USW) introduced the union's new Paul Wellstone award. The first recipients are: actor and chair of TransAfrica, Danny Glover; and Ed Shultz, host of the Ed Shultz Show on MSNBC.