On May 13, over the years, mine workers unionize, dock workers strike, auto workers face give-backs, cab drivers go out.
"We are going to stand up, fight back and go to jail for our members - and that is something Peabody can't buy."
Deaths and injuries in the nation's mines, including its coal mines, fell in 2012 to some of their lowest recorded levels.
On this day in 1989, the United Mine Workers began their historic strike against Pittston Coal.
The actions, organized by UMWA, were in support of the union's campaign to save health care for retired miners and win better wages, benefits and working conditions for miners on the job.
"There is a war on workers in this country." Instead of "brass knuckles and gun thugs, corporate lawyers" are helping Peabody rob retirees.
Gold miners in Cripple Creek, Colorado, began a five-month strike in 1894, news of which travelled rapidly from one end of the country to the other,
On Sept. 11, 1897, thousands of coal miners ended a 10-week strike after winning an eight-hour day, semi-monthly pay, and abolition of company stores.
Steelworkers led a rally including union members, along with faith-based, community and occupy activists last Saturday, Feb. 25, in solidarity with the Mexican miners.
The United Steelworkers has condemned the Jan. 24 arrest of Manny Armenta, one of its international representatives, by customs officials in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.