What started with fast-food workers sharing their stories and scars from low-wage work, has snowballed into a MASSIVE nationwide movement of tens of millions of people:
The fast-food workers took turns detailing the indignities they endured on the job: taking the subway to work only to be sent home before a shift started, making $7.25 an hour after 10 years on the job, getting fired for eating a chicken nugget on the clock.
Then a man rolled up his sleeves, revealing burns from making french fries. Within moments, everyone in the room was doing the same. Their arms were covered in fresh wounds and old scars, from grease, from the grill, from hot coffeepots.
From those workers’ stories, a larger movement grew and fought together across the country. As of today, cities big and small, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle have raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and many more companies have felt the pressure and raised their wage to $15 as well. Nearly 60% of Americans support a $15 minimum wage according to a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute. What a difference four years can make.
Read more on the Fight for $15’s remarkable growth in The Boston Globe.