"It is important to raise the wages for all of us: on payday workers may be able to pay the rent but can't pay for food."
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.
Poultry workers in the United States suffer high rates of injury, earn poverty level wages and work in a climate of fear.
Polls show that Americans support raising the minimum wage - in recent years 14 states have done so.
The survey confirms what most workers already feel: Health care costs are gobbling up more and more of their wages.
The labor federation is launching measures to wipe out pay inequality based on gender, and to guarantee that all workers have paid family and sick leave and fair scheduling.
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.
The UAW International is withholding comments until the workers have all voted.
"Steel jobs provide decent living wages and help support a lot of other jobs in the community; the company wants to take that away."