Workers in the United States know organizing here in the belly of the corporate beast is no easy task.
Leaders of the United Auto Workers union are well aware of the attacks against workers worldwide. Their fightback program is called "PRO Members."
Retiring UAW President Bob King proclaimed a truism long understood by labor activists - "The amount of power you have determines the amount of justice you get."
"The industry employing her is in receipt of the working energy of a human being at less than its cost, and to that extent is parasitic."
The United Auto Workers union is unfolding a fightback program at its 36th Constitutional Convention here this week.
The LA pension case affects 20,000 present municipal workers and the Illinois case affects 621,000 workers and retirees.
Leslie Fray Orear was a union organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America, editor of its newspaper and co-founder and president emeritus of the Illinois History Society.
Holleran's dedication to telling the stories of hard-working women and men fighting for their rights in the workplace inspired other writers who knew her.
As they were getting ready for the big United Auto Workers convention, many members talked about what they say are some of the union's biggest challenges.
One day in 1953 Fred Gaboury invited me to come to work with him so I could witness first hand his skill in rigging a spar tree high in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. I eagerly accepted.