Workers employed by a southern California Walmart subcontractor are the latest to launch a protest for their rights.
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.
"For almost 20 years I have been a proud member of UAW Local 1112; thanks to President Obama, I still am."
On Sept. 2, the 21st annual Labor Day Parade took place in Paterson, New Jersey, a former factory town that has been, for decades, plagued with crime, poverty, and substance abuse.
Trumka "will stress the importance of electing leaders like President Barack Obama who will stand with working people in creating an economy that works for all."
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.
Building trades workers were hoping for desperately needed union-wage jobs when Nippon Corporation announced plans to build a $71 million biomass cogeneration plant.