The nation's unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, up 0.1% from December's figure.
Union leaders meeting with Barack Obama on Nov. 13 urged him to stick to his campaign pledges to raise taxes on the rich and to aid the middle class.
For over 30 years the labor movement has faced relentless corporate, political, and right-wing attack. And since the "great recession," this attack has risen in intensity and viciousness.
A report on U.S. occupations - sorting 366 defined jobs data into high-income, middle-income and low-income posts - reveals data to back what workers know by instinct: The jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession were middle-class, and the fewer jobs created now pay a lot less.
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.
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.
Feb. 23, 2011 goes down as one of the largest demonstrations outside of Madison in Wisconsin history.
The nation's unemployment rate declined 0.4 percent in December but only because unprecedented numbers have dropped out of the workforce altogether.
When Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region five years ago many of the workers at the Avondale shipyard near New Orleans stayed behind when the area was evacuated.
The People's World interviewed Eliseo Medina, widely known as a highly successful organizer and immigrant rights advocate recently elected as the first Latino international secretary-treasurer with SEIU.