At its Fire of Faith, Rekindling Democracy rally this past Sunday, the Detroit metropolitan faith community unveiled a new kind of "heat" beginning to sweep the region.
Residents from throughout Oakland called on city leaders to take immediate steps to end gun violence that has cost some 85 lives in the city so far this year,
AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka was not surprised by the findings, which back up the federation's emphasis on the drastic impact the recession - known as the Bush Crash - has had on workers and families.
Florida workers were hit hard by the Great Recession and the economic recovery is coming to them more slowly than their counterparts in other states across the nation.
"There couldn't be a clearer choice. The up-coming November elections are about two very different and distinct paths for our country."
Hundreds of union members, delegates to the Democratic National Convention, fanned out among their colleagues bearing little orange cards, talking about union rights.
Besides Trumka, Auto Workers President Bob King and Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry also addressed the convention.
In a Sept. 5 prime time speech to the Democratic National Convention, King said Obama went against popular sentiment when he constructed the rescue plan for the two firms.
"For almost 20 years I have been a proud member of UAW Local 1112; thanks to President Obama, I still am."