Polls show that Americans support raising the minimum wage - in recent years 14 states have done so.
Thousands of retired Teamsters have been blasted this month by major cuts to their pensions.
El Super market workers continued their fight for a fair contract with hundreds demonstrating last week.
Taxi drivers, like millions of other such exploited workers nationwide, are not "independent contractors" but are really employees.
"New" economy workers can only be protected by policies that protect all workers, like ones that define the difference between an employee and an independent contractor.
The labor federation is launching measures to wipe out pay inequality based on gender, and to guarantee that all workers have paid family and sick leave and fair scheduling.
Workers nationwide have been campaigning for a $15 hourly "living wage," but a new think tank report says that in most states, $15 is not enough.
"We built a union, the company's moving out to get rid of it. It's an example of the redistribution of wealth from workers to the corporate class."
The students say they plan to continue to rally and build coalition until their status as skilled laborers is recognized.
So what can you the consumer do to help end restaurant worker abuses?