When Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region five years ago many of the workers at the Avondale shipyard near New Orleans stayed behind when the area was evacuated.
"There is a class war going on in this country," AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said during a September 24 panel discussion at the Cooper Union, "and my class is losing. We've got to turn that around."
U.S. professional women soccer players scored a goal this week after the Women's Professional Soccer Players Union won recognition through a majority sign-up, certified by an arbitrator with the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league.
In his Labor Day speech to union members in Milwaukee the president, aiming for a serious reduction in the 9.6 percent unemployment rate, proposed a new $50 billion jobs plan.
Workers are thinking about more than burgers, football and car races with latest unemployment figures, up to 9.6 percent.