When Fast Food workers in New York went on strike in 2013, a $15/hour minimum wage seemed radical. Now, $15 is winning across the country, recently in both California and New York states. On April 14, Fast Food workers in the Twin Cities will go on strike as part of a national Fight For 15 day of action. The bold actions of fast-food workers are part of a wider movement to win $15 for all workers.
Today, low wage work exists in every industry and economic sector. A 2015 National Employment Law Project (NELP) Study showed that more than half of all auto-workers, air transport workers, warehouse workers and manufacturing workers now make under $15/hour. Wages for public employees and many construction jobs have been gutted. These are sectors that have traditionally provided living wage jobs to working class families.
The Twin Cities are home to 17 Fortune 500 companies – the highest concentration in the country – yet also the worst racial inequities in the nation. But despite a year of escalating protests and strikes for $15 and 82% support for a $15 an hour minimum wage (according to a poll by the Feldman Group), the mayor and city council majority have refused to raise wages. That’s why 15 Now is putting a $15 ballot initiative to voters this November, to place the decision in the hands of working people and those most affected by poverty wages.
On April 14, let’s show City Hall and Big Business that we’re ready to win $15 in 2016. We’re building a movement that unites low-wage workers, activists, organized labor and community organizations, a movement demanding people over profits.
Minneapolis needs a raise -- will you join our political revolution to win $15 in 2016?
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