fight for 15

  • 12 Dollars and Climbing: L.A.’s New Minimum Wage Takes Effect


    By Evan Henerson

    The calendar flip from June to July means a minimum wage hike in La La Land.

  • Democratic Party Platform Calls for Union Rights, $15 Minimum Wage

    By Ross Lenihan

    This past Friday the Democratic Party released what some are calling the most progressive party platform in U.S. history. Notably, the blueprint document calls for a $15 minimum wage and the right of “all Americans to join a union regardless of where they work.”

  • $15: A Monumental Victory in the Nation’s Capital

    By Kelly Ross

    On Tuesday, June 21 workers in Washington, D.C. celebrated a monumental victory when lawmakers gave final approval for a $15 minimum wage. A unanimous vote by the D.C. Council puts the city on track to raise the minimum wage from $10.50 an hour to $15 by 2020 in hopes to improve living conditions for the city’s working poor.

  • “I Can’t Buy a Meal from Popeyes”: Fight for 15 – Philly Edition

    By Ross Lenihan

    Much has been said about the union-led Fight for 15 movement. Much less has been said about the actual day-to-day lives of those workers fighting for a higher minimum wage and the right to form a union. To correct that, this week we look at Shymara Jones, a single mother living in Philadelphia who works at Popeyes.

  • 3 Reasons Why the Fight for 15 is Succeeding

    By Ross Lenihan

    Just weeks after California and New York voted to increase their minimum wages to $15/hour the Fight for 15 movement was already back on the streets demanding that all Americans have access to $15/hour by 2022. All told, workers in over 300 cities were expected to protest in favor of a national pay raise and the right to unionize on Thursday. Why has the movement been so successful?

  • Watch: A Mother, Her Son and the Fight for 15

    By Michael Messina

    As we head into our holiday vacations and time with family, we are often reminded of those who are less fortunate. We can't forget about the continuing battle to raise the minimum wage to $15 and hour, and this video of a mother and her child is a stark reminder of how immediate the need is. Her struggle is just one of countless similar stories of hard-working Americans who deserve to be able to pay the bills, but can't.

  • Say What? Rich Presidential Hopefuls and Their Anti-Wage-Raise Rants

    By Sandy Southivilay

    Following the lead of cities like Seattle and Los Angeles, New York’s state wage board recently agreed to gradually increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour. The movement for a higher minimum wage certainly resonates with many Americans. According to a recent survey from Victoria Research, for example, 75% of Americans both support a $15 minimum wage and support labor unions.

  • Americans Should Think Bigger than $15 an Hour this Labor Day

    Labor 411 Publisher and Founder Cherri Senders writes in theLA Daily News about how the effort by cities to raise the minimum wage to $15 is a great start, but if we want to pull the middle class out of its slump, we can't stop there.

    As Labor Day approaches, the Fight for 15 has taken center stage in a nation where income inequality has finally become front-page news. In recent weeks the country’s largest county government (Los Angeles County) and one of the biggest public university systems in the U.S. (University of California) raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while on the East Coast New York moved closer to a $15-per-hour wage for fast food workers and a $15-per-hour minimum wage ballot measure cleared a key hurdle in Washington, D.C.