Strongly related to the labor movement is his We Ain't Gonna Give It Back CD, which was released through Collector Records. With John McCutcheon, Charlie King, and several other artists and activists, O'Connor was one of the founding members of Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians, or AFM. He served as the first president of the Internet-based local, followed by McCutcheon.
In addition, he has worked as an organizer for a nurses' association in New York. O'Connor's poetry has been published in Peregrine, Atlanta Review, and Columbia Review. ~ Linda Seidan, All Music Guide