The strike, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, is the first of its kind since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The nationwide action has inspired observers who see the workers' solidarity and commitment to their cause as a lesson for progressives facing an extreme right-wing administration.
This is the year to make all wages living wages.
The Republican presidential candidate reversed his position on wages shortly after Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders suggested he could win over Trump’s supporters and criticized Trump for saying low wages are necessary.
The socialist's achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.
Fast-food workers throughout the state won a hard-fought and important victory Wednesday: a $15 minimum wage.
The effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining momentum, and two of American progressives' biggest allies are doing what they can to get the executive branch behind the movement.
In more than 200 cities, some 60,000 low-wage workers involved in the “Fight for $15” campaign—among them child care providers, Wal-Mart clerks and adjunct professors—staged an action Wednesday that highlighted the vast amount of public money spent to support underpaid workers.
Sabrina Johnson and Edith Figueroa are among tens of thousands of fast-food workers who have mobilized under the banner of the "Fight for $15" to demand better wages and the right to form a union.