Trumka called on Obama to prioritize protecting human rights, addressing public corruption and impunity, reducing growing inequality and building shared prosperity.
Honorees and attendees alike showed what solidarity looks like at the 2014 People's World Amistad Awards, "People & Nature before Profits."
Delta Airlines' decision to fire a veteran baggage handler for speaking out in support of low-wage workers has elicited widespread criticism.
"We are not going away until these Nissan workers win the right to a union, as the 150,000 unionized Nissan workers elsewhere."
The 2009 firings resulted in a five-year boycott organized by Unite Here Local 26 with strong, nationwide solidarity.
They have a list of changes the company must make to ensure that the women who are key to profits are not living in poverty or putting their health at risk.
In 1989, 98 UMWA members and a minister occupied the Pittston Coal Company's Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbon, Virginia, the most important act of civil disobedience during the Pittston strike.
"I'm going to stray from my usual convention speech; I'm going to talk about something that may be difficult and uncomfortable, but what I'm going to say needs to be said."
The message of the demonstrators was that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to win respect and a living wage, $15 and a union.
The ruling clearing independent union leader Napoleon Gomez Urrutia of all remaining charges, paves the way for him to return to daily presidency of his union, Los Mineros.