Minimum wage workers, earning $74 a month were beaten by riot police for a protest demanding a $14 a month raise.
The strike was precipitated when city workers were summarily fired after attempting to form a union.
"The right-wingers are out to destroy unions because we are the only line of defense workers have. Without unions, nobody is there to stop the corporate power-grab!"
Nine years after the Bush government invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein, Iraqi unions are still repressed and toiling under the former ruler's labor law, a U.S. unionist who recently toured there says.
After decades of displacement, war and poverty, workers in Colombia face the possibility of a better life.
What made May 1st special was the broad cross section of Michigan labor and faith leaders who proudly celebrated May Day.
May Day demonstrations here and across the nation today are part of global demonstrations involving tens of millions on every continent.
Unionists and environmentalists face common enemies - in corporate suites and Congress.
Union workers at American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa expect to return to work soon now that they approved a contract last Saturday.
Thousands of New York City fast food workers staged a second one-day walkout from their jobs.