Building trades workers were hoping for desperately needed union-wage jobs when Nippon Corporation announced plans to build a $71 million biomass cogeneration plant.
"We won't ever let them take our movement backward," exclaimed Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO.
The still active Detroit Port on the Detroit River is where union members and city residents rallied yesterday.
House Republicans demand OSHA emphasize its Voluntary Protection Program while unions and the GAO say OSHA doesn't have the staff to monitor VPP firms' performance.
Republicans - presumed presidential nominee Mitt Romney included - have become anti-public education, Democratic Vice President Joseph Biden says.
"We don't want to outsource our jobs. We're gonna keep on fighting till we get a decent contract."
Michigan's Protect Our Jobs coalition has gathered more than double the amount of signatures necessary to put a proposed state constitutional amendment enshrining union rights on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Three narrow votes in a key Senate committee and some crafty maneuvering by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derailed anti-labor schemes that right-wing Republican senators hatched and floated in mid-June.
For the labor movement and its allies, today's recall election of Scott Walker is only part of a groundswell of inspiring actions that began with a historic uprising early in 2011.
Under the banner "A Better New York for All," City Councilor Jackson set the tone for the day: "Youth services is our number one priority. We are going to fight tooth and nail until the cuts are restored."