The actions reflect rising activism nationwide, as one-day strikes have hit not just fast food eateries and retailers, but Walmart and its oppressive unhealthy warehouses.
The AFL-CIO is upset by the latest health care development: a one-year postponement of another key section, the employer mandate.
The U.S. "is not great because of CEOs and lawyers. It's great because of working people. This is a faith-based movement, it's a civil rights movement, and it cannot fail."
The 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers union will rejoin the AFL-CIO at the union's annual convention in Chicago this August.
On July 9, 1978, over 100,000 marched on Washington D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.
On July 8, 1862, labor organizer and leading communist Ella Reeve "Mother" Bloor was born on Staten Island, N.Y.
Walmart's reversion to its normal widespread labor law-breaking has prompted Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., to introduce legislation to protect the workers.
Workers' foes are trying a new tack: Change the wage base, to make the wages as low as possible.
The rapidly growing trend in innovative organizing among non-unionized and low-wage workers was showcased at several panels at this year's Netroots Nation conference.
Mental health caregivers at La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, California went on five-day strike last week to protest unfair labor practices.