Noon-5pm @ Union Sq., NYC; 5:30pm march to Zuccotti Park where over 20 speakers are scheduled
On Thursday May 1st thousands of workers will converge on Union Square in Manhattan for what will be one of the largest May Day rallies and marches in decades. Faced with increasing deportations, depreciating wages, and expired contracts, low wage workers, immigrants, and unions are coming together to demand a better future for themselves and their families. This year’s demonstrations are centered around three key demands that include an end to deportations, retroactive pay for new city contracts, and a $15 an hour minimum wage. Continue reading →
The first 15 Now national conference’s call to action on the great issue of our time – inequality – was enthusiastically taken up by the more than 500 people who packed into Franklin High School’s auditorium this past Saturday. The conference demonstrated the massive support for a $15 minimum wage and the development of 15 Now into a national movement, with 15 states represented.
The First National 15 Now Conference was a huge success! About 500 people attended from around the country, with a few from around the world. The conference voted on and adopted the Vision and Strategy Resolution for the national organization. It also voted to begin a signature gathering campaign for the Seattle Charter Amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, with no tip penalty, no total compensation, no teenage or training wages, and a three-year phase-in for all but big businesses.
Deportations have reached the 2 million mark under President Obama’s administration — and immigrant communities are fighting back. Joining El Comité and other community groups, 15 Now supports the call for zero deportations and 15 Now!
Kshama Sawant Responds To Mayor Murray’s Press Conference
Kshama Sawant on $15 Minimum Wage: “Ultimately, the Decision Will Be Made By the City Council”
City council member Kshama Sawant says she’s “not surprised” that the mayor’s minimum-wage committee wasn’t able to reach a deal today. “I think it’s important for people to realize that it’s not an earth-shattering surprise,” she says, describing the goals of the group’s labor-side and business-side members are fundamentally “divergent.”
Next Stop For the $15 Minimum Wage Battle: the City Council
It’s city council time. Because the real power here is in the hands of the council, which will be responsible for passing actual minimum-wage legislation. (Despite understandable focus elsewhere until now, the power’s been theirs all along.) Council members will say they’re listening widely and intently on this issue, and that may be true, but they’re not at all required to use what comes from the mayor or his committee.
How much does it really cost to live in a city like Seattle?
Overwhelmingly, of the hundreds of studies that have been done — and they have been done on real world examples from around the country — there’s no impact on employment when you modestly increase the minimum wage.
The Minimum Wage Work Strikes Back: Across the U.S., Fast Food Workers Are Asking, “What Am I Worth?”
Fast-food workers begin each week with uncertainty. They do not know how many hours they will work or when those hours will be. They do not know whether they will come up with the cash?—?and it is always cash?—?to make it to the job. They do not know if the lights will still be on when they get home. They do not know where, in a few months, home will be. They hunt for cheaper or easier or safer, knowing that to combine them is impossible.
The $15-an-hour minimum wage in Seattle has been focused on a debate over tipped workers, who according to our analysis, comprise of less than 10% of workers who earn below $15 an hour.
In this policy brief, we shine a spotlight on all tipped workers in Seattle, so that city elected officials can focus on practical solutions for raising the minimum wage, instead of relying on speculation about who tipped workers are and what incomes they earn. To inform our research, we combined an analysis of government data with interviews of workers in various tipped professions. Our analysis demonstrates that the average tipped worker in Seattle is roughly 32 years old, has at least some level of college education, and earns less than $15 an hour – even if you include tips in their hourly earnings.
Small businesses in Seatac who have come out supporting Prop. 1 for a $15/hr minimum wage testify that their businesses are booming. This is because workers who now have more money to spend, are spending it at these small business that they know supported them from the beginning.
If you’re a small business owner who stands for fair wages by supporting $15/hr in Seattle, show your support by displaying one of our eye-capturing signs below at your storefront window. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will personally deliver it to your location!