What workers win at the bargaining table can be and often is yanked away by men and women in black robes - or sometimes it can be restored by them, too.
Whenever the subject of raising hourly pay to a livable level comes up in Los Angeles, you can expect two stalwart foes: The Chamber of Commerce and the Central City Association.
Of course, these victories did not happen just because a bunch of religious folks showed up to press an issue of justice, but because everyone worked together.
The message of the demonstrators was that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to win respect and a living wage, $15 and a union.
As they were taken away hundreds of supporters chanted "We want $15 and we want it now."
In honor of Labor Day, the workers released a new music video, called "Strike."
Fast food workers in cities across the United States are planning strikes and civil disobedience tomorrow, according to organizers.
Henry Ford in particular was the poster child of anti-unionism in the heady days of strikes and strife, preferring profits over workers' rights.
A plea-bargained small settlement in the case of a CWA worker who burned to death in an unsafe college chemical laboratory has outraged both her family and her union.
The CWA created the Democracy Initiative after seeing how a combination of political factors combined to thwart pro-democracy/pro-worker legislation and initiatives.