As Labor Day 2013 approaches unions in America are re-assessing themselves in a way they never have before.
OSHA announced a new proposed federal rule - long pushed by the Steelworkers and other unions - to cut down worker exposure to silica. OSHA estimated the rule would prevent 700 deaths yearly.
The union is continuing its fight for retired miners and their families in the courts, in Congress and through community action.
"Embedding discrimination against LGBT Americans into our laws and workplaces is not only morally reprehensible, it also makes zero economic sense."
August 1, 1917: After organizing a strike against the Anaconda Copper Company, Frank Little was dragged by six masked men from his Butte, Mont., hotel room and hung from a railroad trestle.
The company also has agreed to post a notice informing workers of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act and to hold a union election.
Unions are lining up with civil rights groups and community organizations across the country and speaking out on the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, an un-armed teenager.
Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and Oakland city workers protested what they said were management's refusal to increase wages and demands for givebacks, despite rising revenues.
On June 18, 1822, slave revolt leaders Denmark Vesey, Peter Poyas and others were arrested in South Carolina. Vesey was hailed as a hero by abolitionists during the Civil War, including Frederick Douglass.
On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.