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."
"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.