United Steelworkers (USW) union members and allies demonstrated this past week in two separate rallies for a fair contract for workers who produce steel.
All are employed by huge corporations that have been awarded contracts by the federal government, and all earn poverty wages.
Rauner's tactic is the latest in a nationwide campaign by the right, its business backers and its political puppets to trash workers, cut wages, destroy pensions and kill unions.
On a hot summer day in LA, Fermin Rodriquez, a fired El Super market worker, marched alongside community, labor and religious leaders.
The Roman Catholic Church and the U.S. labor movement are working more closely together than ever.
A work stoppage began March 17 in the San Quintín Valley, in Baja California, as workers called for a minimum daily wage of 300 pesos, about $20.
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
Marchs were held all over LA in support of worker rights, immigration reform, lives matter, police transparency, economic rights, and civil rights.
"For far too long, our rigged immigration system has allowed employers to drive down wages and working conditions in our country."
Demonstrators protesting the national wave of wage and safety cuts and anti-union assaults, were led by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and joined by national labor leaders.