Senator Sanders joins workers in Charleston to discuss raising the minimum wage

On Sunday, September 15th, workers in Charleston, South Carolina met with presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss a range of issues, focusing on labor policy and economic justice.

Senator Sanders specifically referenced the power of the Fight for $15 movement, saying “These guys have had enormous success. As of today, seven states and the U.S. House of Representatives have raised the minimum wage to $15 bucks an hour!”

He was also critical of the fact that “workers in this country are earning starvation wages” and expressed the need for all McDonald’s workers to make at least $15 an hour.

The Senator invited two Fight for $15 members on stage with him to discuss why they joined the #Fightfor15 and a union. Hezzy, a McDonald’s worker from South Carolina, spoke specifically about how union rights could help the fight against sexual harassment on the job, which he sees as a huge problem.

In a country where three people own more wealth than the bottom half of American society, we need all candidates to commit to policies like raising the minimum wage and getting more workers in unions.

Candidates will need the support of workers to power their victory. Join us and tell every presidential candidate to support our platform for Unions for All!