Black Friday: 15 Now Portland Protests in Wal-Mart
Hundreds of people in Portland came out on Black Friday to support striking workers from the Walmart store in Klamath Falls, OR. The striking workers traveled to Portland to deliver a letter to demanding $15 and full-time, and end to unfair labor practices. While they delivered the letter, supporters marched through the store chanting “What do we want? $15! When do we want it? NOW!” The striking workers spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about the need for worker solidarity. After the rally ended, a small splinter group marched through the parking lot and temporarily obstructed the entrance to the store.
KSHAMA SAWANT ARRESTED DEFENDING SEATAC WORKERS’ RIGHT TO $15 WAGE
In November 2013 in SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle, a majority of voters passed Proposition 1 establishing a minimum wage of $15/hour for airport related workers. Alaska Airlines and other corporations have strongly resisted implementing the democratic decision of the voters. Socialist Alternative Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and initiator of 15 Now issued this statement after she was arrested yesterday defending SeaTac airport workers’ right to a $15/hour minimum wage.
“It was the courage of SeaTac workers and their victory at the ballot that made $15/hour possible in Seattle. I’m proud to stand with them today against Alaska Airlines’ attempted robbery. First, Alaska Airlines said the City of SeaTac doesn’t have the right to enforce $15/hour for airport workers; only the Port does. Now Alaska Airlines is leading the charge on a federal lawsuit claiming the Port has no authority to raise wages. Which is it? What’s clear is they’d rather spend millions trying to overturn democracy than pay low-wage workers what they’ve earned.”
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Kshama Sawant on Democracy Now! explains the victory in Seattle