Protesters Promising ‘Largest, Most Disruptive Protest Ever’
These protesters are planning a large scale protest in 340 cities. But paying people $15 an hour to flip burgers and roll burritos is a little outrageous….
Organizers behind a movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour are promising its “largest, most disruptive protest ever” in response to Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the 2016 presidential election.
On the fourth anniversary of the movement to raise wages, tens of thousands of low-wage workers will protest next Tuesday in 340 cities around the country, as they demand higher pay. Strikes are planned by bagged handlers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and workers at McDonald’s restaurants around the country.
The “Fight for $15” protests will also hit Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Newark International Airport (EWR), and about 20 other airports in major cities, organizers said on a call with reporters Monday.
“Just because the election went a certain way, doesn’t mean we’re going away,” said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the Fight for $15.
“It’s the exact opposite.”
On the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders called for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while Hillary Clinton also voiced support for an increase in pay for low-wage workers. But Trump’s message on minimum wage was inconsistent, at times indicating he would support an increase in the minimum wage and at other times suggesting workers make too much money.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Raising the minimum wage is a “winning issue,” Fells said.
“On Election Day, even as Donald Trump won, ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage passed in all five states,” he said.
Fells said there would be “thousands of folks” protesting at each airport.
The Fight for $15 movement is expecting “tens of thousands” of protesters from all walks of life, including baggage handlers, airline cabin cleaners, airport wheelchair attendants, janitors, cooks, home care workers, child care providers, teachers and graduate assistants.