The coal miners were underpaid Eastern Europeans who were told not to complain about their substandard and dangerous working conditons.
Low-wage workers at the focus of the nation's defense machine, the Pentagon, joined the lengthening list of fed-up workers who have walked off their jobs.
Despite 17 bargaining sessions over a 60-day period, GE has decided to shutter its 75-year-old plant in Fort Edward, New York.
January 23 is, like most days, a day to remember in labor history.
President Obama is expected to call for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour during next Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Controversy over the narrowly ratified eight-year contract extension between the Machinists and Boeing will be a key issue.
Contrary to what right-wing politicians would have us believe, labor unions have been part of the fabric of American society for a very long time.
"My personal caregiver came to me two weeks ago in a snowstorm. She gets a really good wage because of the union. When she's stress-free, I'm stress-free."
On this day in 1946, some 750,000 steel workers walked off the job in the largest work stoppage in the industry.
The money bill's positives led Richard Trumka to call it "a good start that moves in the right direction" on spending priorities.