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.
The strike by dock workers could have frozen business at every port from Boston to Houston.
On Dec. 5, 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy had shed 520,000 jobs the month before.
Organized labor's final election push turned to get-out-the-vote and voter protection.
On the day of the second debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Bain Capital workers step up efforts to expose Mitt Romney's role in the outsourcing of their jobs.
Some 200 workers protested outside the Bloomin' Brands corporate headquarters demanding that Bain Capital pay its workers more and stop outsourcing jobs.
The Communications Workers are launching a campaign in 50 legislative races nationwide around the issues of offshore call centers and bringing the jobs back to the U.S.
The right wing, is holding workers and the economy "hostage" to their demands for continuing and permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent.