WASHINGTON - Union leaders panned the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, saying the justices gutted its key section and stripped protections from voters.
In the height of the Cold War witchhunts on June 21, 1956, playwright and a giant of American theater, Arthur Miller, courageously defied the House Committee on Un-American Activities and refused to name any suspected communist.
On May 14, 1961, Freedom Riders were brutally attacked by violent, well-armed and organized mobs of Klansmen and other terrorists in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., with the support of local law enforcement and politicians.
An assassin's bullet felled the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. King had come to Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers.
A top Communications Workers official has taken the union's democracy crusade to the good-government group Common Cause.
Reports showing union membership at an all-time low are of enormous concern at a gathering of the nation's labor leaders. Members of the AFL-CIO executive council see it tied to attacks on democratic rights.
The labor movement has added its voice to the demands for voting reform that are sweeping the nation.
President Obama thanked them for their hard work and urged all to stay involved in grassroots action for the good of the country.
Battles over collective bargaining rights for state and local government workers sharply boosted overall labor enthusiasm and turnout in those two states this year.
President Obama won by more than eight percentage points in Michigan and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow crushed her Republican opponent 58 percent to 38 percent.