The Fight for $15 began in 2012 when two hundred fast-food workers walked off the job to demand $15/hr and union rights in New York City. Today, it’s a global movement in over 300 cities on six continents.
#Fightfor15 supports fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees – and underpaid workers everywhere.
Now you may be wondering, why is there a picture of The City Girls on this post. Well friends, as one member of the female rap duo says: they need to pay people more!
Now, increases to the minimum wage to $15/hr is law in eight states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Florida. Additionally, increases to the minimum wage to $15/hr is law in Seattle and Washington, D.C., in Pennsylvania for nursing home and hospital workers, and for municipal employees in countless cities. Mayors, city councils, and state governments across the nation continue to advance $15 initiatives.
Want to join the fight? Here’s a template for contacting your legislators:
SUBJECT: We’ve waited long enough; time for $15/hr !
Dear [elected official],
The federal minimum wage has not gone up from the poverty level ($7.25) in over a decade. What’s up with that? Have you enjoyed a raise in the last ten years?
In this time, the cost of living has exploded. Rent, healthcare and food prices have all increase. Even the cost of basic necessities has gone up. It’s impossible for workers on the frontlines of the pandemic to live comfortably- but it doesn’t have to be that way.
$15 is imperative.
As your constituent, I am asking you to support the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 and do everything in your power to win $15/hr nationwide, which would help to life millions of people out of poverty.
Sincerely, [your name]