The Fight for $15 Strikes Again
Touted as the largest, most disruptive Fight for $15 strike in 4 years.
Through the rain in New York, thousands of fast food, airport workers, Uber drivers, messengers and more, held a one day strike to call for higher wages and the right to organize a union.
The protests, which were part of the National Fight for $15 movement began in New York at Zuccotti Park, the former home of Occupy Wall St, and marched through Lower Manhattan. After the march, protestor gathered outside of a McDonald’s blocking Broadway. In total 26 people, including City Council Members Brad Lander, Mark Levine and Antonio Reynoso and New York State Assemblyman Francisco Moya were arrested.
Across the country, low wage workers held similar strikes. In total, 340 cities saw strikes and employees at 20 of the nation’s busiest airports walked off the job. According to Mic, Uber drivers joined the protests for the first time with the largest turnout expected in San Francisco, where Uber corporate headquarters is located. At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport hundreds of employees lined the terminal demanding a $15 wage and a union.
This is now the 4th year of the Fight for $15 strikes. The campaign touted this as the largest, most disruptive in the four years. So far, the campaign has been a success. California, New York, and Oregon have now passed laws raising their minimum wage to $15/hr over the next few years. Arizona, Colorado, Washington and Maine voted in the 2016 election to raise their minimum wages to $12/hr by 2020. In total, 22 million people have received raises thanks to the work of the Fight for $15 movement. While some of the workers have joined the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has funded the campaign, there are still many more that are fighting for the right to organize.
For the workers who have won raises, they came out to show their support for their fellow low wage workers. In New York, which has decided to raise the wage, the airport workers from NY went from lower Manhattan to Newark Airport to continue the protest.