As the mile-long column marched down the main street of Florissant, whole families poured from their doors and joined the procession: the peoples' struggle is the workers' struggle.
The right wing Republican nominee accused the workers of causing the plant closing, what happened next was a lulu.
According to Love, students need to build "relationships with unions - on and off campuses, to build bridges in the community, students are workers."
Chris Christie brought checks to the fundraiser totaling $4 million, demonstrators shouted, "Illinois is not for sale."
At the recent national convention here of the APWU, actor Danny Glover delivered a speech that brought tears to the eyes and postal workers to their feet.
Congress left town on August 1 for a month-long recess without tackling a host of U.S. problems - and lack of infrastructure funding is one of those topping the list.
"It makes no sense that manufacturing workers and taxpayers are still being asked to subsidize the cost of shipping our jobs overseas with a tax loophole that should be eliminated."
The meeting came on the heels of the announcement that CPS was cutting over $50 million from neighborhood schools and diverting it to politically connected charter school.
The AFT convention has a blunt message for Education Secretary Arne Duncan: You flunk the test of helping the nation's schools and kids, so leave.
"No commercial, mass-produced, industrial-strength standardized factory test should ever be used as the determining factor for any student or adult."