On May 21, 1945, the Hawaii Employee Relations Act was signed, guaranteeing the predominantly Native Hawaiian and Asian immigrant pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively.
Tattooed teenagers joined with their sign-carrying elders as part of the global fast food workers' strike. Like an idea whose time has come, there was no holding back this group.
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.
Hospital workers were on the march in the pouring rain earlier this month at John Hopkins Hospital saying: "America's Number One Hospital - Keeping Workers in Poverty."
"It feels good to be a part of history. It's been a year that fast-food workers first went on strike for $15 and a union and now our movement has spread all over the world."
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.
"Federal employees are a devoted and resilient bunch. They despise what politicians have done to them."
Hundreds of unionists gathered on Capitol Hill on May 7 to campaign against "fast-track" trade legislation and the anti-worker trade treaties it would lead to.
Some 1,000 Ukrainian rightists surrounded, stormed, and burned the House of Trade Unions in Odessa last Friday, killing 39 pro-Russia demonstrators in the building.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka condemned the continued right-wing obstruction preventing millions of working families from getting a much-needed boost in income.