Last week saw two significant victories for working folks in the US!
The nation’s capitol voted to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers. Mayor Muriel Bowser said of the measure, “"I see how much it costs to live in Washington, D.C., and that cost is only going up." For now, the increases will be phased in and the wage will stay tied to inflation after hitting $15.
Durham, NC voted to pay all full time city employees $15/hour, and is looking for ways to do the same for part-time workers. Civil rights leaders and community organizations have ...
A massive march of a record 10,000 fast-food, home care, child care, and other underpaid workers on the McD's Oak Brook, Ill. headquarters happened this past week. The protesters argued it is wrong for a company whose stock just hit an all-time high to pay wages so low that its workers are compelled to rely on public assistance to scrape by. Joined by McDonald’s workers from five countries spanning three continents – hundreds of workers and allies occupied McD's headquarters in an all night "camp-out" as part of their 2 day demonstration.
During the 5/5/16 national day of action for workers' rights at Verizon, the #FightFor15 and community partners stood in solidarity with CWA Local 3600 to hand-bill and rally at stores across St. Louis. Workers at Verizon have been on strike for nearly a month so far, and the company cut off health benefits as of April 30th. We support the brave communications workers who refuse to back down until they get the fair wages and work they deserve!
For more on the Verizon worker strike, and why you should never cross a picket line, read here: https://t.co/SZl98urjnn
Following the largest-ever series of strikes, protests and rallies for $15 and union rights in a record 320 cities nationwide, Memphis based home care workers - Sepia Coleman, Charol Hewitt and Mary Payne - traveled to the nation’s capital in April 2016 to urge lawmakers to address the growing home care crisis and support workers’ calls for higher pay. They also took action to protest wage theft at a local home care agency. Read more here in the Tennessean!
Days after 6.5 million Californians and thousands of hospital workers in Pennsylvania won $15/hr, millions of workers in New York—where the Fight for $15 began— joined the $15/hr club Thursday, capping a HISTORIC week in which more than 10 million janitors, fast-food cashiers, and home care workers secured unprecedented raises from coast to coast.
“California! New York! Pittsburgh! Fifteen dollars an hour is catching on everywhere,” declared Jorel Ware, a McDonald’s worker from New York City and member of the Fight for $15. “When we first went on strike ...
The Young Worker Media Project has launched a series called Stand Up and recalls the victories of workers who organize and win in their workplaces and communities. The first post featured Justin AKA "Skillet" Johnson, a Show Me 15 Organizing Committee Member and a leader at his McDonald's in St. Louis, MO where workers have been organizing for the right to a union without retaliation and for living wages of $15/hr.
Here is the full post:
Why do you #StandUp on the job?
Skillet, McDonalds, St. Louis:
"Right now it’s tough, working in fast food, trying to ...
Memphis had a wonderful fast food strike on Dec 4, 2014! Hundreds of fast food workers, community, faith and labor groups came to support workers who walked off their jobs in their call for a $15/hr wage and the right to form a union without retaliation from employers.
Watch their awesome strike video here!
In case you missed it, this week the New York Times produced a piece comparing the wages and working conditions of fast food workers in Denmark and the United States.
In Denmark some of the benefits won by workers are a $20/hr starting wage, paid vacation, paid maternity + paternity leave and overtime for evening and weekend hours. And workers get their schedules a month in advance.
By comparison, the average US fast food worker is stuck near minimum wage, don’t even get paid sick days and rarely know when they are working even a few days ahead. What’s more, a ...
In Tuesday's election, there were winners and there were losers, but one thing in particular stood out. It wasn't a candidate. It was a call. A call for higher wages has been made and is winning in state after state across the country.
We know that you're as excited as we are, so join us in sharing this image of St. Louis fast food workers Phyllis, Dominique and Brenda to spread the good news.
Show Me 15 is determined as ever to continue our push for higher wages and union rights in the Mid-South, and as election buzz fades, we will still be bringing up the call once ...
Striking fast food workers commit acts of civil disobedience and are arrested in NYC, Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock & New Orleans as they #StrikeFastFood
With deference to the community of Ferguson and the desire for peace after recent events, St. Louis fast-food workers took their fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation on the road Thursday September 4th. Local fast-food workers went on strike and got arrested alongside their fellow workers in New York City, Memphis, Nashville and Little Rock. Mid-South Organizing committee city ...