The sit-down tactic proved extremely effective. Workers literally sat in at their jobs and refused to leave. As a result, the company was unable to hire scab replacements.
In a 9-0 decision on Jan. 27, justices said time used in taking off and putting on the gear is a bargainable subject under labor law.
There is no denying that in spite of our best efforts, women continue to be discriminated against in the workplace.
Low-wage workers at the focus of the nation's defense machine, the Pentagon, joined the lengthening list of fed-up workers who have walked off their jobs.
Union membership in the U.S. rose by 162,000 in 2013, to 14.528 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated, but the union share of the nation's workers stayed unchanged at 11.3 percent.
Despite 17 bargaining sessions over a 60-day period, GE has decided to shutter its 75-year-old plant in Fort Edward, New York.
President Obama is expected to call for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour during next Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Contrary to what right-wing politicians would have us believe, labor unions have been part of the fabric of American society for a very long time.
"My personal caregiver came to me two weeks ago in a snowstorm. She gets a really good wage because of the union. When she's stress-free, I'm stress-free."
The case involves whether the 35-foot limit violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and its free speech guarantees.