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Fight For 15

Background

Stories pertaining to the global Fight for $15 movement, which advocates a $15 minimum wage. The Fight for $15 movement started with just a few hundred fast food workers in New York City, striking for $15 an hour and union rights. Today, it’s an international movement in over 300 cities on six continents of fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees and underpaid workers everywhere. The movement has already succeeded in securing a $15 an hour minimum across New York State and California as well as in Seattle. Portland and Chicago have also seen large increases in wage, though not the full $15. Pennsylvania nursing home workers and all hospital employees at UPMC, Pennsylvania’s largest private employer, have also secured a $15 an hour minimum wage. In Hawai‘i, the minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $9.25 per hour beginning January 1, 2017; and $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2018, but activists in the state are pushing for the full $15 as well.

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