What made May 1st special was the broad cross section of Michigan labor and faith leaders who proudly celebrated May Day.
"We are going to stand up, fight back and go to jail for our members - and that is something Peabody can't buy."
ExxonMobil's flat refusal to deal with safety issues at the largest refinery in the U.S. in Baytown, Texas has led the oil firm to threaten to lock out its 850 union employees.
The Poor Peoples March began in Washington D.C. less than a month after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
Eleven Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to virtually shut down the National Labor Relations Board.
"Many of those killed and injured are temporary workers who often perform the most dangerous jobs and are not receiving the training and protective measures required."
May Day demonstrations here and across the nation today are part of global demonstrations involving tens of millions on every continent.
Today in Austin, Texas, the National Taxi Workers Alliance granted its first local chapter charter since it joined the AFL-CIO.
The University of Wisconsin at Madison has been at the center of an ongoing dispute between workers rights activists and the Palermo's frozen pizza company.
Only nine of the men working in the mine at the time of the disaster were able to escape, after one of them got to safety and returned with a rescue team and equipment.