Union membership in the U.S. rose by 162,000 in 2013, to 14.528 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated, but the union share of the nation's workers stayed unchanged at 11.3 percent.
"My personal caregiver came to me two weeks ago in a snowstorm. She gets a really good wage because of the union. When she's stress-free, I'm stress-free."
Local 22, was awarded new contracts by arbitration three times. All three times Mayor Nutter challenged it in court. A successful mass petition drive this year to curb the mayor's power forced Nutter to back down.
BROOKLYN, Ohio - When Republicans in the Ohio legislature passed Senate Bill 5, designed to wipe out public workers' pensions, in 2011, it was personal for young Marc Bukszar.
The nation's politicians, from the federal government on down to city halls, are hypocritical in praising Fire Fighters and other first responders, then cutting public safety budgets.
Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and Oakland city workers protested what they said were management's refusal to increase wages and demands for givebacks, despite rising revenues.
City workers gathered in front of City Hall April 2 with a message for City Council members starting to discuss a new two-year budget.
Right-wing federal lawmaker are backing up state government attacks on state and local workers' pensions through a measure that, if passed, would make the pensions virtually unaffordable.
"They want to take away your right to support your union. They don't want us to be here."
Reports showing union membership at an all-time low are of enormous concern at a gathering of the nation's labor leaders. Members of the AFL-CIO executive council see it tied to attacks on democratic rights.