"Walmart is the biggest employer in the country and they have some of the lowest and most stagnant wages in the country, and that needs to change."
Activists taking part included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Latino civil rights figure Cesar Chavez, and then-presidential candidate and civil rights defender Jesse Jackson.
Branch managers had been asking female employees to remove their tops in exchange for money. One office featured a "boom boom room" where women were told to "entertain" clients.
A new utility workers protection law passed in Missouri could become a model for other such legislation nationally.
It burned for three days, killing 200-300 people, destroying 17,450 buildings, leaving 100,000 homeless and causing damages worth an estimated $200 million in 1871 dollars.
A mass firing at WHUT, the station at Washington's Howard University, sparked a mass protest at the school's opening convocation.
National Nurses United, the nation's largest union of registered nurses, has endorsed President Obama and Vice President Biden for re-election.