Teacher Appreciation Week had barely begun when news broke that teachers had to take a seven percent pay cut.
Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.
Drivers gathered before sunrise, carrying signs and wearing reflective safety vests as they began picketing company trucks.
Low fines and lack of jail terms for heads of firms that disobey or disregard safety provide little incentive for companies to obey the law.
On May 1, 2015 in Chicago, the community gathered around the memorial for the Haymarket Martyrs.
The drivers demand that trucking firms recognize them as employees and bargain with them if they select the Teamsters.
"The land is the landlord's, the trader's is the sea, the ore the usurer's coffer fills - but what remains for me?"
"This is a day to protest against bad conditions for working people and join together to fight for a better world."
USW members who work for Marathon have gone without pay for nearly three months because they know what's at stake: Their lives.
"The labor movement's doors are open to any candidate who's serious about transforming our economy with high and rising wages."