The nation's unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, up 0.1% from December's figure.
The two top Illinois labor leaders were joined by policy experts to demand closing tax loopholes for Wall Street and the richest two percent of Americans.
The number of union members nationwide declined by 398,000 from 2011 to 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its latest report.
A wide cross section of the faith, labor, and social justice community protested Walmart's attempt to build a store near the Detroit border.
The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan held a press conference to emphasize how the auto giant is unfairly treating its 3,300 workers at its Canton, Mississippi plant.
The hunger strikers called on postal management to suspend cuts and closures and allow Congress to fix the finances by repealing the prefunding mandate and refunding the pension surplus.
"We cannot cut our way to job creation," the Rev. Roosevelt Broadnax told labor and community allies.
This is the fourth time members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union have voted down an identical offer.
Nearly 40 community and union members showed up at an East Side Walmart here to show solidarity with the store's workers.
"The voters spoke loud and clear and rejected any cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security."