On this day in 1907, union organizer Big Bill Haywood went on trial accused of an explosion that resulted in the death of Frank Steunenberg.
"We are going to stand up, fight back and go to jail for our members - and that is something Peabody can't buy."
"Many of those killed and injured are temporary workers who often perform the most dangerous jobs and are not receiving the training and protective measures required."
But, in a tight budget environment for domestic programs and with House Republicans' hostility towards workers, there appear to be long odds against the success of his plan.
Union protests forced the Obama administration's TSA to yank its plan to let airplane passengers bring small knives aboard planes.
The Steelworkers, the Autoworkers and the AFL-CIO formally oppose letting Japan join talks on the latest controversial "free trade" treaty, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
House Democrats will roll out a new package of "Make It In America" manufacturing-centered jobs creation bills, one of their top leaders announced on April 9.
On April 8, 1935, with the nation in the depths of the Depression, Congress voted to approve the Works Progress Administration.
"From making sure citizenship for the 11 million is achievable not only in theory, but in fact, to maintaining family unity, the labor movement's immigration campaign is just getting started."
They have agreed to cooperate on safety issues; launch joint campaigns targeting employers in-common; and advance a strategy promoting the right of workers to organize unions and bargain.