Walmart workers striking for higher wages here have added the element of song to their picketing, marching and chanting.
"Walmart is just a bully, and people across the country are starting to see the real Walmart, that's why I continue to stand up, because the time for change is now."
"John took us in," said Trumka. "We won a tremendous strike and saved healthcare for 2,000 families, my mother and dad included."
The AFL-CIO and its Working America affiliate announced Oct. 23 that the affiliate will expand its operations to all 50 states within five years.
"From the first day I put the uniform on, I knew it was the job I wanted to retire from."
Unionists and their allies are wasting no time carrying out the decisions of what was a trail-blazing convention.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said that labor's attempt to reach out to every worker in the country was going to require effort on the part of unions.
Hassan Juma'a Awad, president of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions, was a guest at the AFL-CIO's convention where he spoke at an event organized by U.S. Labor Against the War.
"Our nation's basic labor law, the National Labor Relations Act, no longer fulfills its promise to U.S. workers," the AFL-CIO said in a bold resolution passed during the federation's convention.
"Unity and solidarity can make us stronger. Mourning is not a cry for vengeance. Together we have to find a way out of the crisis. The Ground Zero solidarity can be turned toward the problems we will face in the days to come."