The Republic Steel mill in south Chicago is sacred ground for the American labor movement.
Even as Mayor Michael Bloomberg ladles out billions of dollars to contractors in questionable deals, the multimillionaire former businessman is trying to cut pay of 10,000 of the city's municipal trades workers.
"Working at a site without air on a 90-degree day and trying to keep my staff and donors from passing out was part of my daily challenge."
From coast to coast, mayors and city councils are hacking away at firefighters' ranks in desperate attempts to cut budgets and save cash by cutting workers.
Republicans unveiled an unprecedented attack on worker rights and protections, including the granddaddy of all anti-union legislation: "Right to work."
Unabashed corporate greed, is how striking workers are describing Caterpillar's efforts to slash wages and benefits while eliminating pensions and seniority rights at their plant here.
A coalition of progressive groups, led by the AFL-CIO, will unveil a joint platform this summer.
With the presidential campaign in full swing following President Obama's formal re-election announcement, two top unions jumped in hard.
Labor, community and faith allies, along with low-wage workers have something to be excited about here in the Show-Me-State.
For over 30 years the labor movement has faced relentless corporate, political, and right-wing attack. And since the "great recession," this attack has risen in intensity and viciousness.