The rights of public service workers seem to be of no consequence to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
Under this plan, financed by Pitney Bowes, the entire Postal Service would become a series of private companies.
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.
On December 20, 2005, thousands of workers began what was to be a three-day strike of the New York City transit system over retirement, pension and wage issues.
Coca-Cola's attempt to get rid of the Teamsters and a union contract in Las Vegas fizzled out like so much bad soda.
While the USPS was closed on Veterans Day, Portland, Ore. postal employees used their day off to say that if USPS really wants to honor veterans, it should hire them.
Workers launched an unprecedented day of coordinated action across Europe Nov. 14, in the biggest fightback yet.
"Our members' unwavering solidarity throughout the bargaining process in the face of management's high-risk scare tactics and demands for major cutbacks has been rewarded."
Contract negotiations between the United Steel Workers and two of the nation's largest steelmakers, took two different directions right around Labor Day.
The company forced a strike with a draconian contract offer that would slash wages, increase health care costs and demolish pensions. Workers rejected the offer by a vote of 504-116.