The strike brought all trucking inside the city to a standstill; two strikers died from the police shotgun blasts and 65-67 more were wounded.
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.
And half the U.S. Senate now opposes U.S. Postal Service management's plan to close 82 more distribution centers.
On this day in 1963, in East St. Louis, Illinois, 200 people - 170 of them female, and majority African-American - engaged in a sit-in protest.
Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.
"We cannot afford to add to driver fatigue by rolling back hours-of-service regulations, which were carefully crafted over the course of more than two decades."
The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached.
The UAW effort in Alabama is part of the union's new focus on organizing autoworkers at foreign "transplant" plants in the South.
Two members of the British Parliament got a first hand look at the deplorable working conditions that thousands of tobacco workers in North Carolina endure.
It has been a cornerstone of the civil rights movement, by ensuring that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote.