The nation's largest coal companies created the spin-off company, Patriot Coal, in a scheme to rob thousands of union members and beneficiaries of their pensions and health care benefits.
On Jan. 14, 2003, nearly 20,000 General Electric workers went out on strike at 48 plants in 33 states.
One-day strikes affected seven Summit hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area, involving up to 3,200 nurses and several hundred medical technicians.
The number of fatal occupational injuries nationwide dropped to 4,609 in 2011.
Citing the threat to the players' health and safety the NFL Players Association formally asked league owners to end the NFL's lockout of the regular referees.
Ignoring the collective outrage of environmental groups, oil giant Shell began drilling into the Arctic, boring holes 1,400 feet beneath the Chukchi Sea's floor.
The Republican Party's 2012 platform is so radical it would have the government "turn its back on its citizens" and trash every-thing from veterans' health care to food safety inspections, a top union leader says.
"It's not just about CWA and IBEW any more - it's about one union fighting a greedy company."
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid. It came after decades of struggle.