Now awaiting California Gov. Jerry Brown's signature is a bill to greatly strengthen the rights of the state's 400,000 farmworkers.
CWA launched a "Countdown to Shutdown" advertising campaign, sending flyers to 600,000 voters in 25 swing districts of Republican lawmakers on Aug. 30.
Organized labor will not allow a Republican to win the presidency, Michael Podherzer, the AFL-CIO's political director said.
Organized labor mobilized in congressional districts nationwide in August, with two top leaders saying union activists this year will take the place of the tea party radicals of 2009-10. And the unionists, leaders and organizers say, are mad.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.
Labor leaders say the nation's real crisis is not a debt crisis but an unemployment crisis and spending cuts could, in fact, spiral the country into an even deeper recession.
"You will take this fight over the finish line," AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka told Ohio union leaders yesterday. "You will restore the rights of 365,000 public employees!"
Discussing the negotiations on the debt ceiling got me thinking about some early experiences in the labor movement.
The third big front in the right-wing Republican-business state-by-state war on workers, in Missouri, ended when the state legislature adjourned in May.
A bill to make it easier for California's 400,000 farmworkers to choose a union passed both houses of the California Legislature.