Fast-Food Workers Protest in 50 Cities for $15 Minimum Wage

Fast-Food Workers Protest in 50 Cities for $15 Minimum Wage

Thousands of fast-food workers gathered in protest in almost 50 cities yesterday in support of a $15 minimum wage. 

On the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, workers hit the streets around lunch time in Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Oakland, and other cities across the U.S.

California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland and New York City are all expected to see a spike in minimum wage this year. NYC’s wage is going to reach $15 an hour by 2019. Maine and Colorado have a goal to implement $12 an hour by 2020.  

The Fight for $15 worker movement, that started in 2012 , has led to 20 cities initiating minimum wage increases in 2018. 

On the national level, workers and unions are also fighting for the $15 an hour minimum wage to be implemented as a federal law.

“We're going to send a message to corporations and politicians that their time of rigging the economy against workers is over," the Rev. W.J. Rideout, a Detroit protest organizer, to the “Free Press.” "We have to stand up and fight back.”   

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