With the country facing serious questions of racial justice, the labor movement hopes to foster dialogue and solidarity.
The protests attracted hundreds of thousands of people in 320 cities, including unionists who back the low-paid workers.
After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they've decided to take a stand to create a better workplace.
"Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years, but the company is still insisting on givebacks that would devastate our jobs."
Chicago teachers went on strike to protest Bruce Rauner and the budget crisis, which threatens public schools and state universities.
Despite some gains in recent years, women still face a tough road to equal pay.
An increasing list of states, tired of GOP-ordered dysfunction in D.C., have raised their minimums.
"We voted for a union so we could negotiate a fair contract with Mr. Trump."
Labor and community organizers worked tirelessly throughout the day to stage events that engaged the community in vibrant ways.
The celebrations began early, even as California's new minimum wage law was still racing through the state legislature last week.