'Fight for $15' holding Labor Day rally in Richmond


Describing the American workforce as "the most productive in world history", the Congresswoman said, "I stand with our union brothers and sisters in support of the Fight for $15 nationwide". The District of Columbia's minimum wage is $12.50 per hour.

"It's not even just about the wage". A $15 minimum wage brings working families closer to earning what's necessary to cover basic needs. "Most workers are being left behind as the gap between the wealthy continues to grow". Some cities have higher minimum wages than their states. Ten others are considering legislation to raise the wage locally. The university plans to implement their wage increases over a two-year span, with the $15 wage promised by 2019.

In contrast, there are those who oppose raising the minimum wage and question its benefits. In August, Kansas City voters approved a minimum wage hike that would eventually reach $15, but Missouri law doesn't allow cities to set their own wage levels. Recent analysis also confirms this.

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Hours after the Ybor City rally, city workers in St. Petersburg also banded together to push for a minimum wage increase for non-city workers, including contractors.

Montgomery County's working families can not thrive making stagnant, low wages. "The cost of living, everything else goes up". Attendees at the rally included Reverend Jesse Jackson, former Governor Pat Quinn, child care and health care workers, city employees, teachers, and the SEIU president.

While numerous demonstrators are demanding $15 an hour and the right to form a union, there are other folks who are gainfully employed who came to show their solidarity on this Labor Day like Lydia Majure, a neuroscientist who makes a more than $15 dollars an hour. The brainchild of known white supremacists in the first half of the 20th century, right-to-work is a direct descendent of Jim Crow, and was born in southern states where white politicians panicked about losing their grip on power.