MILWAUKEE (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama says he’ll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife — never taking no for an answer.

Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, “engines are revving a little louder” in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago.

Now, he says, quote, “America deserves a raise.” He promises his administration will keep pushing for one.

Obama told the crowd to great applause that he would join a union for job security.

“If i were looking for a good job that lets me build some security for my family, I’d join a union. If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union,” Obama said. “If i were a firefighter or a police officer risking my life and helping to keep my community safe, and wanting to make sure I come home safely to my family, I’d join a union. I’d want a union looking out for me.”

He adds that if Republicans gain control of Congress after November’s elections, they will hurt the chances for a higher federal minimum wage.

The president cracked that the struggle resembles his hard sell when Michelle agreed to marry him. Obama says, quote, “I just wore her down.”

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