This year's AFL-CIO Next Up Summit Sept. 29 - Oct. had a very different flavor. Unlike the 2010 summit, this conference was lead and organized by young union members from across the country.
Occupy Chicago protesters adopted two official demands: Repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich and prosecute "Wall Street Criminals."
Private businesses claimed that they added 137,000 new jobs, but 33 percent of those were Communications Workers and Electrical Workers, who returned to their posts after calling off the strike.
AFL-CIO president announces labor's full support for Occupy Wall Street protests, urges massive turnout for upcoming America Wants to Work week of actions.
The conference includes young workers, young union organizers and students, and is part of the AFL-CIO's attempts, over the last two years, to reach workers under age 35.
Years of struggle for good jobs at the site of the former Winchester sporting arms factory, now Science Park at Yale, came together this week when Delphine Clyburn, candidate for Board of Aldermen in Ward 20, led a community delegation to the main building 25 Science Park and demanded 200 jobs.
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 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.