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."
"Jobs in the auto industry helped build America's middle class, but today they are adding to the nation's low-wage crisis."
A tentative contract features gradual elimination of the system that the Detroit 3 automakers instituted after hitting the financial rocks during the Great Recession.
With another government shutdown looming, federal workers' unions are advising their members on how to cope with a sudden halt to their paychecks.
"This country is having an important debate about raising wages and tackling income inequality."
The five-member board, which rules on most labor-management relations and disputes, has reached full strength.
Unions took to the streets to show mass solidarity for their bargaining teams, with rallies all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.
The strawberries, blackberries and blueberries sold everyday in U.S. supermarkets are largely picked by indigenous families speaking the same ancient languages.