While 200 workers took part in that one-day “Fight for 15” strike four Novembers ago, thousands mobilized nationwide, spanning across 340 cities to mark the anniversary of this successful movement.
day that New York City’s fast food workers first “walked off their jobs demanding $15 an hour and union rights.” The movement has come a long way. While 200 workers took part in that one-day strike four Novembers ago, thousands have now risen nationwide, spanning across 340 cities to mark the event. Chicago O’Hare airport alone witnessed 500 workers on strike.
The movement has not only continued, but grown. Its growth keeps the U.S. political debate over minimum wage on the agenda. The movement is credited for notable victories in passing $15 minimum wage laws that would phase in over the next few years. Indeed, voters nationwide have approved minimum wage increases by 2020, as reflected in wage ballots. There were prominent victories in the District of Columbia and across state legislatures in California, N.Y., and Washington.
A NELP report further debriefs us on the movement’s impact. According to the report, pay increases for 17 million Americans can be attributed to the movement; altogether, these increases amount to $61.5 billion, “more than 10 times larger than the total raise received by workers in all 50 states under Congress’s last federal minimum wage increase, approved in 2007.”