If there ever is a year that proves the importance of judges' rulings to workers' rights, 2014 is it. That's because the jurists in black robes spent much of the year taking rights away.
What seemed to be a win for the growing national campaign for local paid sick leave laws has turned into a battle royal between the city and Lake County.
As the 2014 campaign passes Labor Day, anti-worker and anti-union governors, all right-wing and all elected in the 2010 GOP sweep - are top targets this fall.
Their parents or grandparents 80 years ago stood together and fought in the streets of Minneapolis for the right to organize a union during 1934's Teamster strikes.
The strike brought all trucking inside the city to a standstill; two strikers died from the police shotgun blasts and 65-67 more were wounded.
But the mass movement of low-wage workers, fighting for better wages and working conditions and the right to organize, is helping show the way out of the morass.
And half the U.S. Senate now opposes U.S. Postal Service management's plan to close 82 more distribution centers.
It is believed to be the largest fire in U.S. history and the deadliest until the September 11 attacks in 2001
On this day in 1963, in East St. Louis, Illinois, 200 people - 170 of them female, and majority African-American - engaged in a sit-in protest.
Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.