Thousands of low-wage workers from across the country convened in the old capital of the Confederacy for the first ever national Fight for $15 meeting.
Opposing a right-wing, big business privatization drive, 100 union and community activists took part in a field hearing to save the publicly-run United States Postal Service.
The old appeal policy left hundreds of thousands of coal miners, disabled from black lung disease, usually without a penny of benefits before they died.
The AFL-CIO's executive council has endorsed two coming April actions aimed at wresting control over the nation's elections from corporations and billionaires.
Groups came together to demonstrate their support for the workers at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Citrix who are fighting for quality jobs and fair treatment at the workplace.
"The union movement should join with others who are saying 'instead of building more prisons, we should be creating more jobs and offering more job training.'"
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
William Z. Foster, leader of the great steel strike of 1919, called Sellins one of the best of a whole corps of organizers, with an exceptional belief in the workers.
The private appropriation of socially produced wealth is capitalism's central mechanism.
The union sees its successful organizing campaign as a clear indication that face-to-face organizing is the proper response to what has been an onslaught of attacks on public service workers.