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."
"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.
The national decline in union membership and soaring wage inequity are inescapable twin realities that make absurd the blaming of unions for fiscal problems.
It may not be the hottest topic on every to-do list, but the problem is as old as, well, the oldest profession. I'm talking about wage theft.
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.