Over the past year, U.S. Steel has announced hundreds of layoffs in its workforce across the country.
The legislation is important both for jobs creation and to repair and replace the nation's crumbling infrastructure and to repair, replace and upgrade bus and subway systems.
The negotiations cover 10,000 IUE-CWA workers and another 6,000 workers from other U.S. unions.
High turnout will be key to keeping a DFL majority in the House and moving forward a worker-friendly agenda.
"I have never seen such hostility, so many non-stop attacks on working people. The greedy corporate forces won't stop unless and until we stop them."
With GOP opposition keeping the federal government from moving on Obama-backed legislation that would create massive numbers of jobs, the unions, at their legislative conference mapped out specific proposals to get the job done.
"The president wants to push for public and private infrastructure investment, we say bring it on. Union workers stand ready to meet the needs of the largest project you can think up."
Richard Trumka is adding reconstruction of U.S. infrastructure - and creation of tens of thousands of well-paying jobs doing so - to the federation's priority list.
Federal transportation funding is so skimpy that Congress acts like Scrooge when it comes to helping pay for the nation's roads, subways, buses and other transportation.
On this day in 2003, the Northeast of the United States and Canada experienced a massive blackout, which affected 50 million people.