Fast-food workers will wage their biggest-ever strike Tuesday - one year from Election Day - with walkouts hitting a record 270 cities from Detroit to Denver.
Union leaders gave the 12-nation treaty an initial thumbs down as being too pro-corporate and not guaranteeing workers' rights.
"The future of our students' education is at stake. Our action today is part of a long struggle for racial and educational justice."
Polls show that Americans support raising the minimum wage - in recent years 14 states have done so.
Elizabeth Yates who helped unionize her fellow Seattle school teachers and remained a lifelong progressive activist.
The Fairness Project was launched today to help raise the minimum wage through ballot initiatives in states, cities, and counties across the nation.
Workers nationwide have been campaigning for a $15 hourly "living wage," but a new think tank report says that in most states, $15 is not enough.
"U.S. workers have a basic right to speak out and challenge sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace."
The bill allows workers to unionize through a simple majority card-check vote and ensures that companies can't stop a union from forming by denying a first contract.
"The movement for social and economic justice is growing faster in the South than anywhere else in the U.S."