In Panama they call longshore pay "hunger wages." Workers' families live below the government's own poverty line, and some families literally go hungry.
"Millions of families working for poverty wages will continue to struggle until McDonald's pays a living wage."
"This legislation would improve patient care by establishing minimum nurse-to-patient ratios."
The plant was scheduled to reopen Apr. 1 but the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission must recertify the workers before all can return.
Fast food servers, homecare and airport workers, and students gave witness to the low pay facing them in today's increasingly service-centered economy.
"It's a PR stunt, and that stunt isn't going to pay my gas bill this month, or get my landlord off my back."
A "key piece of the raising wages agenda is a workable pathway to citizenship" for undocumented workers.
And the wins workers got, on amendments denouncing USPS cuts and advocating paid family and medical leave, may only be symbolic.
The AFL-CIO, women's rights groups, and their allies are praising a new campaign to push Congress to enact a paid family and medical leave law.
"We need to fight for everyone, especially for those who feel that they can't fight by themselves."