It was just after sunrise only three days before Thanksgiving, that security guards clamped locks on the gates at FirstEnergy in central Pennsylvania, barring 150 workers from their jobs.
McDonald's aims to "help" its workers who make, on average, $8.25 per hour - not by raising their salaries, but by telling them how to budget their income.
T-Mobile call center employees are forced to work in a highly stressful setting that demands they meet unrealistic quotas with only a short amount of time to handle customer requests.
Minimum wage workers, earning $74 a month were beaten by riot police for a protest demanding a $14 a month raise.
Writing in The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois described the upsurge among Black women and men tobacco workers as part of the great industrial union organizing drives.