Jenny Brown

The year had a spirited and determined feel. Every time we turned around there was another sit-in or strike, ingenious job action or raucous flash mob.

Transportation companies are pressuring employees to work tired, ignoring the dangers.

There's an emerging national movement around fair work schedules, as retail and fast food workers demand predictable and adequate hours.

More Workers Demand $15

The demand for $15 an hour is spreading. Agitation for $15 started with fast food and airport workers but now Walmart and home care workers are joining in.

After many close votes against unionization, American Airlines passenger service agents scored an overwhelming victory, voting 86 percent to unionize. The win covers 14,500 workers, the largest union-representation vote in the U.S. this year.

Overtime laws only get enforced if workers get organized to do so, and many workers are doing just that, beating back employer demands for longer days.