CTUL Pushes for $15 Minimum Wage

Assignment:  Attend this press conference today (March 31)  and file a report or interview for the Morning Blend

MINNEAPOLIS FAST-FOOD WORKERS FIGHTING FOR $15 AND UNION RIGHTS TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

Minneapolis workers who are part of the nationwide Fight for $15 will make a major announcement Tuesday about the movement’s next steps.

WHO: Minneapolis fast food workers organizing with CTUL, together with airport workers, home healthcare workers, other low-wage workers who are part of the Fight for $15
WHAT: Major Announcement
WHEN: Tuesday, March 31 at 4:00pm
WHERE: McDonald’s, 4131 Hiawatha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406

Background:

Two-and-a-half years after it launched in New York City, with 200 cooks and cashiers walking off their jobs, people working in a range of different industries (including home care, airport services, retail and academia) in the US and around the world have joined the Fight for $15 movement. What seemed crazy— workers’ demand for $15 an hour—has caught on and is now reality in SeaTac, Seattle and San Francisco. From coast to coast, cities, states and companies are racing to raise wages well above the federal minimum of $7.25. Now Democrats and leading economists are increasingly pointing to strengthening working Americans’ freedom to form unions as a key solution to boost wages and restore broad-based prosperity, something fast-food workers have been saying since their first strike in November, 2012.

On Tuesday, the Fight for $15, — the movement Slate said, “managed to completely rewire how the public and politicians think about wages;” MSNBC said “entirely changed the politics of the country;” and Fortune said, “transformed labor organizing from a process often centered on nickel-and-dime negotiations with a single employer into a social justice movement that transcends industry and geographic boundaries,” — will unveil plans for its next major mobilization, including multiple events in Minneapolis.

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