The campaigns, for legalizing undocumented people and for raising the minimum wage, show labor's determination to get out in the streets and make unionists' voices heard.
They urged other politicians, notably lawmakers in Congress, to follow his lead and raise the national minimum wage.
Washington State voters received their mail ballots last week, their chance to vote on I-522, a statewide ballot measure that would require labeling of all genetically engineered food.
WASHINGTON - For seven years, Carolle Fleurio has been a cook at a family restaurant in Stockbridge, Ga., and even though she enjoys the job, she told a Senate panel here, it's tough to raise a family on $8 an hour.
"There couldn't be a clearer choice. The up-coming November elections are about two very different and distinct paths for our country."
Restaurant servers don't receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour - they get only $2.13, the federal "tipped minimum wage." That wage has been the same for 21 years.
The platform, up for adoption at the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., so strongly backs workers' rights that it virtually endorses the Employee Free Choice Act,.
The current minimum wage at $8.25, which went into effect in July, would be boosted by 50 cents plus the rate of inflation annually until it reaches the historic $10.
A look at races across the country shows that many Republicans are attacking a concept Americans have long held sacred - the federal minimum wage.
Republican candidates for Illinois governor and U.S. Senate are being blasted for embracing extreme right-wing policies.