Fast food servers, homecare and airport workers, and students gave witness to the low pay facing them in today's increasingly service-centered economy.
"It's a PR stunt, and that stunt isn't going to pay my gas bill this month, or get my landlord off my back."
A "key piece of the raising wages agenda is a workable pathway to citizenship" for undocumented workers.
A parable is a story that has a double meaning. A good one captures the spirit of paradox in every moment yet does not stand still.
And the wins workers got, on amendments denouncing USPS cuts and advocating paid family and medical leave, may only be symbolic.
The AFL-CIO, women's rights groups, and their allies are praising a new campaign to push Congress to enact a paid family and medical leave law.
"We need to fight for everyone, especially for those who feel that they can't fight by themselves."
Low wage workers throughout the county are gearing up for the April 15 national demonstration demanding a raise in the minimum wage.
Chávez was also an early environmentalist, warning the public of the devastating effects of pesticides on both farmworkers and consumers.
"Each generation makes its own history... We need your voices here now more than ever."