As the writer of the article linked below states, in spite of examples of bad news, chief of which is a poor economy, labor made strides during 2012 in some important ways. Even intransigent Wal-Mart faced labor actions.
There is a stir in the land in spite of the capitalist structure which dominates our economy and our country. While the Scrooges of the modern day toil on in their greed and oppression, the Bob Cratchits, aided by the Charles Dickenses, are not yet completely down and out. In fact, if anything workers seem to be gaining at least the rhetorical and moral upper hand.
2012: The Year in Labor News