In many service sector jobs, including food service and retail, workers often experience volatile schedules that wildly fluctuate from week-to-week and wreak havoc on their lives.
All are employed by huge corporations that have been awarded contracts by the federal government, and all earn poverty wages.
Workers caught the nation's attention by saying "Enough is enough!" to low wages, lousy working conditions and lack of rights.
For Amazon.com workers, the ruling means spending 25 minutes in line every day, unpaid, while waiting for a mandatory security check.
Fast food strikers and supporters danced in front of a Downtown Los Angeles McDonald's on December 2, chanting, "If we don't get it, shut it down!"
Short-haul truckers at the nation's largest port again had to strike over terrible working conditions and employer exploitation.
The national wave of protests, which could be the biggest yet to hit the giant retailer outlets, comes on the heels last week of the first sit down strikes in Walmart's history.
Walmart workers have been agitating peacefully for years for pro-worker changes at the notoriously anti-worker low-paying lousy-benefits retail monster.
"Every few months you guys dream up something new to torture the associates with."
But the mass movement of low-wage workers, fighting for better wages and working conditions and the right to organize, is helping show the way out of the morass.