A working father with a high school education, Marvin was one of 18 minimum wage workers gathered at a South Side job center to discuss the need for higher pay.
The job losses occurred in nearly every sector of the economy, but manufacturing and construction businesses were hit particularly hard.
Over labor and Democratic opposition, the GOP-run House has narrowly approved legislation (HR1120) to try to shut down the National Labor Relations Board.
"This is nothing more than a politically motivated attack on workers designed to eliminate your voice."
Some 250 AFGE members and supporters rallied outside Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's office in St. Louis, March 20, to protest the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts to vital social services and the military, known as sequestration.
Inside Cobo Hall, Detroit's convention arena, corporate CEOs gathered to discuss the state's economy at Gov. Snyder's two-day economic summit.
Before the $85 billion budget cut time bomb explodes, leaders of the nation's unions are hammering out details of a program to prevent job losses and restore the economy for the working-class majority.
A coalition of organized labor, community activists, and religious groups demonstrated support Jan. 29 for legislative initiative to increase the minimum wage in New York State. The minimum wage for nonexempt employees in the state is currently set by the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The nation's unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, up 0.1% from December's figure.
A review of these headlines does more than just take one down memory lane.