"Today is another historic day in democracy for the state of Wisconsin," said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
"My job is to elect 25 Democrats so we can stop these union-bashing, Medicare-privatizing, Social Security-destroying House Republicans," said Rep. Steve Israel.
The AFL-CIO demanded that Mitt Romney fire his chief labor advisor for improper use of inside information obtained from his federal government connections.
Two union federations that have been leaders in the "Arab Spring," in Tunisia and Bahrain, received the AFL-CIO's top human rights award.
The bill would approve highway and mass transit construction money for the next two years, creating tens of thousands of jobs. And civil engineers say there are now thousands of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka came out with a blistering statement on the Senate's passage of the so-called "JOBS Act."
Unions and progressive groups are fighting a new law that would make forms of protest - including picketing and peaceful sit-downs -- a crime, the AFL-CIO reports.
"At stake is nothing less than our democracy itself. What the labor movement intends to do is magnitudes greater than anything we have ever done in an election before."
The Senate-approved bill now heads to the House, where unions and workers hope it will get passed.
Wisconsinites stood up and proved that once again, they are ready to fight.