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.
"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.