Their parents or grandparents 80 years ago stood together and fought in the streets of Minneapolis for the right to organize a union during 1934's Teamster strikes.
The strike brought all trucking inside the city to a standstill; two strikers died from the police shotgun blasts and 65-67 more were wounded.
But the mass movement of low-wage workers, fighting for better wages and working conditions and the right to organize, is helping show the way out of the morass.
The UAW effort in Alabama is part of the union's new focus on organizing autoworkers at foreign "transplant" plants in the South.
Two members of the British Parliament got a first hand look at the deplorable working conditions that thousands of tobacco workers in North Carolina endure.