For Immediate Release
Fight for $15 Statement on Federal $15 Bill
In response to the proposal announced today by U.S. Senate and House Democratic leadership to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour, Kansas City McDonald’s worker and Fight for $15 leader Terrence Wise released the following statement:
“Think back to five years ago: President Obama had yet to call for even a $9 an hour federal minimum wage, and the two members of Congress brave enough to call for $10.10 an hour were considered crazy. Then something crazier happened: 200 fast-food workers walked off their jobs in New York City, sparking a movement for $15 an hour and union rights that spread across the country. Twenty-two million Americans now have won raises, totaling $62 billion. We’ve gone from laughable to inevitable. With today’s announcement, it’s clear that our Fight for $15 has set a new standard. Democrats across the board support $15 an hour, because they know it’s the bare minimum workers like me need to support our families. We’re going to keep striking, marching and speaking out until every worker in the country wins $15 an hour and union rights.”
Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation.