Labor, community, faith, women, youth and environmental activists discussed, debated and got fired up for the fights ahead.
Workers believe that American Crystal Sugar has locked out 1,300 employees at seven plants in three states in order to take advantage of the nationwide attacks on unions.
The 45,000 strikers walked off the job this weekend because the company has refused to budge since negotiations began July 22.
Workers are locked outside company gates as their union battles an employer they say is determined to slash health benefits and weaken job security.
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.
Verizon, which earns billions in profits and whose chief officer makes $55,000 per day, is attacking the working conditions, health benefits and pensions of its unionized workforce.
"Industries that once were great contributors to our country - auto, shipbuilding, machine tools and even electronics - are shadows of what they once were," declares the Task Force on Job Creation, in its report, released in July.
Sexual discrimination on the job, including sexual harassment, is much more rampant, and takes many more forms, than is generally realized, a new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research says.
In this video, Piedmont Airlines ramp worker Abdur Dilal tells the more than 1,100 delegates and guests at the Communications Workers convention about the hard-fought campaign to win a union.
In a 221-69 vote, workers at the IKEA Swedwood plant here voted to have the Machinists union become their official representative.