The year 2011 should serve as a reminder of how far the U.S. has come on job safety issues - and how far it has yet to go.
Postal Service employees say threats by the U.S. Postal Service to shut down this winter because of a $9.2 billion deficit are part of a "manufactured crisis" designed to privatize the world's largest mail delivery system.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis signed agreements with three more Latin American countries (for a total of six) on the protection of certain rights of migrant workers. The right wing is, predictably, yelling "betrayal".
A report on U.S. occupations - sorting 366 defined jobs data into high-income, middle-income and low-income posts - reveals data to back what workers know by instinct: The jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession were middle-class, and the fewer jobs created now pay a lot less.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "There are only two ways to bring about protection for workers... legislation and unionization."
Teachers, steelworkers, electricians, firefighters and other union members, their families and supporters, rallied here on the Southeast Side to defend teachers and union rights.