Mexico has had, on paper, progressive labor laws. However, workers have trouble defending their interests even where there is a union.
Striking workers picketed the Walmart distribution center in Elwood, Illinois for the third day in a row this morning since they went on strike last Saturday.
The strike followed years of lousy working conditions -- including 100-degree-plus interior temperatures -- and management refusal to even meet with them on the problems, much less listen.
On Sept. 11, 1897, thousands of coal miners ended a 10-week strike after winning an eight-hour day, semi-monthly pay, and abolition of company stores.
"Our members' unwavering solidarity throughout the bargaining process in the face of management's high-risk scare tactics and demands for major cutbacks has been rewarded."