When workers at the Sonic Drive-In in Wenatchee were threatened by the massive Sleepy Hollow wildfire, the manager on duty attempted to get the Director of Operations to give the ok for the restaurant to shut down early for the night in order to keep everyone safe. But the supervisor refused, and reportedly even threatened to fire anyone who left early.
An opportunity like this only comes once in a generation: the Tacoma City Council has the chance to pass a minimum wage plan that raises up our city, boosts our economy, and gets every worker to a $15/hour minimum wage. Too bad that some of the phase-in schedules being discussed would leave workers waiting a whole generation to get there
The business lobbyists who spent last year concocting an alternative reality of looming economic armageddon are holding an event to meet with political candidates in a location that shows just how out of touch they were: a new business celebrating its Grand Opening.
"There definitely should be a raise in the minimum wage to $15. Because there’d be a lot more money made, and you wouldn’t have to worry about paying your bills and then only paying your bills. You can instead of just living to work, work to live."
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Hundreds of fast food workers with Working Washington launched strikelines across Seattle in May 2013, calling for $15 an hour and the right to organize, and sparking a movement to strike poverty by raising wages. Through a year of intensifying of marches, boycotts, strikes, and other mobilizations, worker voices dominated the public debate, making income inequality and the minimum wage into the central public issues of the day.
There are thousands of poverty-wage workers at our first-class airport, including the people who handle bags, clean cabins, provide passenger services, and fuel the planes. These poverty-wage workers at Sea-Tac Airport aren’t employed by the airlines or even the Port of Seattle, which runs the airport. Instead, these jobs have been contracted out to the lowest-bidder, driving down wages and benefits. Now these workers are organizing to make every job at our airport a good job. And they are winning.
We have the power to build a better future. We can create good jobs by investing in our communities. We can stop the cuts to healthcare, education, and other services. And we can make sure the rich pay their fair share so every community can thrive.
But the economy isn’t going to improve if we just wait for the corporations and the politicians to do the right thing. That’s why we’re building a movement to fight for good jobs and a better future for everyone.