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When members of Congress introduced legislation this week raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, it was in direct response to demands from people like Frances Holmes, a 55-year-old McDonald’s worker from St. Louis who is paid just $9 an hour.

 

Frances is one of thousands of workers in the Fight for $15 movement who, for the past six years, organized, protested and went on strike demanding $15 an hour and the right to join a union. Frances and her co-workers shined a light on a moral crisis in the American economy: millions of people work hard but don’t get paid enough by big corporations like McDonald’s to provide for their families.

Before the Fight for $15 movement, few in Washington ever paid attention to people in industries like fast food. But by sticking together on the job, workers have convinced politicians, voters and employers all across the country that $15 an hour is the bare minimum anyone needs to survive, no matter where they are from or what their race is.

The legislation introduced this week is more than just another bill in Congress – it’s a marker of how the Fight for $15 movement has upended the power imbalance in America’s low-wage economy, where many workers previously had no power at all.  Read More

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