For Immediate Release
Fight for $15 on Bank of America $20/hr Announcement
WASHINGTON - In response to Bank of America’s announcement that it is raising pay to $20/hour, St. Louis McDonald’s worker and Fight for $15 leader Dashia Hill issued the following statement:
“Before fast-food workers started speaking out and striking for $15 and union rights, nobody was thinking of raises. But by joining together and standing up we’ve changed both the conversation around pay and the reality in paychecks for tens of millions of workers. Yet even as we’ve won $70 billion worth of raises, and even as Bank of America announced today it will pay workers $20 an hour, many of those who started this movement towards higher pay are still struggling to support our families. Companies like McDonald’s need to join Bank of America and other employers who are raising pay to $15 or more and Congress needs to pass the $15/hour bill that has more than 200 co-sponsors in the House. We’ve shown that $15 is the absolute minimum workers need to get by, no matter where we work. And we are going to keep on marching and keep on striking until everyone wins the $15/hour and union rights we’ve been demanding since Day 1.”
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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.