Five years ago, a few hundred fast food workers walked off the job to fight for fair pay.
Since then, 22 million workers fought for and earned tens of billions of dollars in raises – and became one of the most powerful worker movements in history.
On Labor Day, we took that power and aimed it even higher. We went on strike in hundreds of cities to launch our campaign to boot racist, anti-worker governors out of office in 2018. It was epic. It was historic. And it looked like this:
We marched shoulder to shoulder with Cathy Glasson, who is exploring a run for governor in Iowa:
Jerry Springer heard from the people of Ohio and pledged to stand with them if he chooses to run for Governor:
Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum joined the strike line:
In Michigan, gubernatorial candidate Abdul El Sayed tweeted he was “proud to #FightFor15”
“Rise up, unions!” said Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer as she stood with us in Detroit:
Potential gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell joined us in Wisconsin to share his union values, saying, “We’ve got two hands, one to lift ourselves up and one to bring somebody along. That’s a union.”
And huge crowds came out in Chicago to let Republican governor Bruce Rauner know that vetoing the $15 living wage bill for Illinois has consequences:
What happened on Labor Day was so much more than a strike. It was history in the making. Workers like us are poised to have a major effect on the outcomes of gubernatorial races in states across the country, and it’s about time.
We’re tired of too little pay for our hard work. Disgusted with elected officials promoting racism. Done with wage cuts and attacks on unions. Come 2018, we’re doing something about. Labor Day was an amazing way to kick it off, but it was just the beginning.
We’re doing this, friend. Are you with us?