Facing hostility of big business and the GOP, a progressive think-tank went to bat to defend President Obama's cracking down on federal contractors who break labor laws.
Demonstrators protesting the national wave of wage and safety cuts and anti-union assaults, were led by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and joined by national labor leaders.
Over 200 labor, religious, and community activists packed historic McDonnell Hall here today to launch Silicon Valley Rising.
On Mar. 2, tens of thousands of Oakland workers will get a pay raise, and thousands more will have paid sick days for the first time.
Workers caught the nation's attention by saying "Enough is enough!" to low wages, lousy working conditions and lack of rights.
"Racism and dog whistle politics is being used to keep us all divided, and that division holds back our ability to win wage increases and improve our standard of living."
Walmart announced today it was giving its lowest-wage workers a raise to at least $9 an hour by April and $10 an hour by 2016.
"Many of us never thought we'd see this night come. Many workers had given up hope. But we stuck together through thick and thin."
El Super grocery workers are urging consumers to boycott their employer, a chain of supermarkets located primarily in Latino neighborhoods.
The car firm claimed that "entering mediation over issues raised might violate U.S. national labor law."