Republicans blocked action on the "Paying a Fair Share Act" that would have required the rich to pay at the same tax rate as most of the middle and working class.
More than 100,000 union members and activists from community groups are in "99% spring training sessions" all over the country this week gearing up, they say, to take back the nation from the 1%.
The Occupy Wall Street movement and Amalgamated Transit Union jointly declared April 4 a National Day of Action for Jobs and Mass Transit and will demonstrate in 20 cities across the country.
"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.