On May 28, 1946, more than 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., staged a successful one-day general strike.
On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.
A recently argued U.S. Supreme Court case, pushed on the justices by the anti-worker National Right to Work Committee, is a big threat to unions.
"Where Congress is failing to take action to address inequality, these workers are leading the way; their fight is a shining light that will benefit all workers in the country."
Today, fast food workers around the world are engaging in a one-day strike calling for higher wages and the right to form a union.
Two mineworkers were killed late Monday after being trapped in a collapse in a coal mine in Wharton, W.Va., operated by the Patriot Coal Company.
The campaign finance rulings "open the gates to billionaires" to capture the U.S. political process while shutting workers out, AFSCME President Lee Saunders says.
There were 200 delegates from 16 states at the convention, including 61 from Illinois and Michigan.
Demonstrations are planned for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and 147 other U.S. cities and also on five other continents.
On May 12 in 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe was declared a man in the federal courts of the U.S.