The strike by dock workers could have frozen business at every port from Boston to Houston.
On Dec. 5, 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy had shed 520,000 jobs the month before.
Organized labor's final election push turned to get-out-the-vote and voter protection.
On the day of the second debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Bain Capital workers step up efforts to expose Mitt Romney's role in the outsourcing of their jobs.
Some 200 workers protested outside the Bloomin' Brands corporate headquarters demanding that Bain Capital pay its workers more and stop outsourcing jobs.
The Communications Workers are launching a campaign in 50 legislative races nationwide around the issues of offshore call centers and bringing the jobs back to the U.S.
The right wing, is holding workers and the economy "hostage" to their demands for continuing and permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent.
Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando is challenging his union to step up its crusade to save the Postal Service, saying that "if we don't, no one else will."
The Service Employees and Jobs With Justice joined a last-minute campaign to get Congress to raise the minimum wage.
The AFL-CIO and other backers are urging the public to contact their senators immediately to tell them to vote "yes" on the bill.