Scores of people were arrested just hours into the nationwide strike for raising the minimum wage known as the "Fight for $15."
Unlike actions in months past, the September 4th action is the first to involve home care aides, a workforce made up of more than 2 million people. This is also the first time the labor union-led movement will engage in mass arrests and sit-ins.
A new study shows that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the widest it's ever been in American history.
The International Franchise Association (IFA), a DC-based trade association representing corporations like McDonald's, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, and Dairy Queen, filed the lawsuit alongside five franchise owners who operate their businesses in Seattle.
The protesters demand that Walmart pay associates at least $25,000 per year and not retaliate against workers who strike.
The Senate voted 54-42 along party lines to end debate on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act - short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.
Hawaii's legislature voted yesterday to increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
“It is time for McDonald’s to stop skirting the law to pad profits. We need to get paid for the hours we work.”
President Obama signed an Executive Order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.
“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage."
"I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American."
This will be the largest action yet in the recent history of the fast food labor movement, with actions in 200 cities. Protesters are calling for $15 an hour wages, almost double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.
The raise will help over 600,000 workers, particularly women, who make up nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationwide.
52 percent of fast-food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs to get by, costing American taxpayers almost $7 billion annually.