Labor's clout is being put to a critical test in Tuesday's referendum over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces.
In the U.S., "there’s manufactured ignorance that prevents us from knowing about May Day," one historian says.
Remember Scott Walker? He's the Wisconsin governor who launched his career as top banana by sharply curtailing the collective bargaining powers of the state's public workers, effectively hobbling the labor movement there. Now he's setting his sights on the White House.
In more than 200 cities, some 60,000 low-wage workers involved in the “Fight for $15” campaign—among them child care providers, Wal-Mart clerks and adjunct professors—staged an action Wednesday that highlighted the vast amount of public money spent to support underpaid workers.