The fight to re-balance our economy and raise the minimum wage has become part of a growing Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black and immigrant movement to be recognized as crucial contributors of America’s economy and democracy.
More than half of Black workers in America are paid less than $15 an hour and nearly 60% of Latino workers are paid less than $15 an hour. In fact, among all ethnic groups, Latinos still hold the highest concentration of workers in the lowest-paying industries – service being number one.
What started with fast-food workers has now become a national movement in which homecare, child care and airport workers have all joined.
Nobody who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty. That’s why the Fight for $15 and a union is so important. Millions of people working minimum wage jobs would be able to support themselves and their families on one job if the federal minimum wage were lifted to $15 an hour.
The federal minimum wage is at $7.25 and has not been lifted since 2009 – that’s nearly a decade ago! Meanwhile, everything else from housing to food is getting more expensive as the years go by.
It’s time our leaders stood up for minimum wage just like some cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City have done for workers.