Following effective worker lobbying, meetings, phone calls and 10,000 post cards, RTW legislation was defeated by a 90-52 margin in the state House.
Steffen stressed "unity and militancy at the bargaining table" and his commitment to the campaign against big business and big givers' monetary dominance in politics.
The workers produce, on average, 3,200 bats each day for souvenirs and retail sale and about 300 bats per day for major league baseball players.
Hedges has been active in trying to organize a union among ground workers at Delta and in 15Now, a movement to raise wages among airport workers to $15 an hour.
Members of Chicago Jobs with Justice as well as Jobs to Move America coalesced in downtown Chicago to declare their support for a worker fired in retaliation for whistleblowing.
Unionists continue to campaign to get lawmakers to reject the scheme that would grease the skids for secret trade pacts.
The Chicago Teachers Union gathered downtown and marched in a massive show of unity after a tumultuous month at the negotiation table with Chicago Public Schools.
"Congresswoman Rice's about-face on Fast Track is a complete betrayal to all working men and women across this country."
The AFL-CIO is ramping up efforts to stop Fast Track with a targeted advertising blitz against undecided members of Congress.
Unions representing workers at the FAA are criticizing a House Republican proposal to spin off the administration.