If there ever is a year that proves the importance of judges' rulings to workers' rights, 2014 is it. That's because the jurists in black robes spent much of the year taking rights away.
What seemed to be a win for the growing national campaign for local paid sick leave laws has turned into a battle royal between the city and Lake County.
As the 2014 campaign passes Labor Day, anti-worker and anti-union governors, all right-wing and all elected in the 2010 GOP sweep - are top targets this fall.
Their parents or grandparents 80 years ago stood together and fought in the streets of Minneapolis for the right to organize a union during 1934's Teamster strikes.
The strike brought all trucking inside the city to a standstill; two strikers died from the police shotgun blasts and 65-67 more were wounded.
On this day in 1963, in East St. Louis, Illinois, 200 people - 170 of them female, and majority African-American - engaged in a sit-in protest.
In the aftermath of the Great Depression during which poverty encompassed 60 percent of the senior population, Social Security was a major plank of Roosevelt's "New Deal."
The 450 workers in the 13 unions that comprise the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition have authorized a strike if a new agreement cannot be reached.
It happened on August 12, 1919. The chorus girls in his Ziegfeld Follies formed their own union, the Chorus Equity Association.
It has been a cornerstone of the civil rights movement, by ensuring that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote.