The 45,000 strikers walked off the job this weekend because the company has refused to budge since negotiations began July 22.
Labor leaders met for more than an hour with President Obama on Tuesday, urging him to focus on jobs for the remainder of his first term.
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.
"Industries that once were great contributors to our country - auto, shipbuilding, machine tools and even electronics - are shadows of what they once were," declares the Task Force on Job Creation, in its report, released in July.
"We're a pretty good team," says Sarah Mandel, one of a group of young interns working here to stop the Avondale shipyard from closing.
Workers, unions, community groups, small businesses and others in the fight to save 5,000 jobs at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans are feeling better now about the possibility of a victory.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other panelists convened by the labor federation offered ideas on July 11 on how to get the U.S. out of its persistent jobs crisis.
Obama was using Twitter to go over the heads of the press corps, and to address people who don't read papers or watch TV but rely on social media.
Labor activists are blasting the GOP "free trade" proposals to cut public workers' jobs and to lessen unemployment benefits.
The Obama administration tells congressional Republicans, biggest backers of so-called "free trade" treaties, they must restore trade aid for workers who lost their jobs to imports.