Restaurant servers don't receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour - they get only $2.13, the federal "tipped minimum wage." That wage has been the same for 21 years.
Besides Trumka, Auto Workers President Bob King and Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry also addressed the convention.
While watching Romney's speech at the RNC, I couldn't help but think of the courageous members of UNITE HERE Local 1. For nine years they have been on the longest hotel strike in U.S. history.
The platform, up for adoption at the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., so strongly backs workers' rights that it virtually endorses the Employee Free Choice Act,.
Progressive forces here have put a ballot initiative mandating paid sick time onto the Nov. 6 ballot. Disney World and other interests are going all-out to block it.
House Republicans demand OSHA emphasize its Voluntary Protection Program while unions and the GAO say OSHA doesn't have the staff to monitor VPP firms' performance.
Three narrow votes in a key Senate committee and some crafty maneuvering by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derailed anti-labor schemes that right-wing Republican senators hatched and floated in mid-June.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would ensure that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs or denied job modifications that would allow them to continue working.
Every worker who has ever died on the job in America will be remembered nationwide April 28 on Workers Memorial Day while OSHA continues its 42-year battle to end death and injury at the modern American workplace.
There was notable solidarity pouring in from various and sometimes surprising quarters leading up to April 23, the day that American Airlines management took their union-busting ambitions to court.