Thousands of low-wage workers from across the country convened in the old capital of the Confederacy for the first ever national Fight for $15 meeting.
The AFL-CIO's executive council has endorsed two coming April actions aimed at wresting control over the nation's elections from corporations and billionaires.
Groups came together to demonstrate their support for the workers at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Citrix who are fighting for quality jobs and fair treatment at the workplace.
"The union movement should join with others who are saying 'instead of building more prisons, we should be creating more jobs and offering more job training.'"
The private appropriation of socially produced wealth is capitalism's central mechanism.
The union sees its successful organizing campaign as a clear indication that face-to-face organizing is the proper response to what has been an onslaught of attacks on public service workers.
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.
"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."
Chattanooga for Workers hosted a potluck fundraiser to help send some Volkswagen workers to Washington DC for a national speak out on the truth about working at Volkswagen.
Over 2,000 trade union activists and friends attended the conference, which was geared toward helping unionists find ways to build coalitions and win struggles in today's difficult political climate.