A dozen or so Republicans signaled their leadership that they wanted no part of the anti-union agenda.
The nation's union presidents emphasized the positive impact of mobilizing union members nationwide for politics after the bitterly contested Wisconsin recall election.
The anti-union measure would have nullified NLRB rules that consolidate legal hearings regarding the union votes and shortening the time period for employers' appeals.
Public school employees charged that Michigan State Senate Bill 1040 would severely slash retiree health and pension benefits.
The right-wing anti-labor agenda continues, as bills in state capitols countrywide - designed to attack workers rights - still threaten middle and working class families.
The ruling House GOP wouldn't even let lawmakers vote on a 2-year bipartisan highway-mass transit bill the Senate approved earlier this month.
Unions must continue to mobilize, lobby, and reach out for allies to stop the constant stream of anti-worker legislation that keeps flowing into and out of state legislatures.
"The sun is shining on organized labor today," State Sen. Tim Green, told thousands of union members.
The Obama administration's Office of Management and Budget is sitting on - apparently indefinitely - a proposed job safety rule to cut worker exposure to silica dust.
The immediate struggle for pay raises and collective bargainingis part of the larger, national context for democracy and progressive change.