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The Fight for $15 Shakes Awake the U.S. Labor Movement

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Gift-Wrapped for the National Labor Movement
The Fight for $15 Shakes Awake the U.S. Labor Movement
by SHAMUS COOKE
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/28/the-fight-for-15-shakes-awake-the-u-s-labor-movement/
Something big is happening. The union-led victories for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle and San Francisco have reverberated throughout the labor movement, spawning copycat campaigns across the country. Most notably the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is nationally demanding $15 for its home care workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is demanding $15 for Walmart workers as a strategy to finally unionize the mega-corporation. Other unions with low wage members are demanding and winning $15 at the bargaining table.

Only a year ago a $15 minimum wage was denounced as “crazy.” But Seattle and San Francisco proved it was possible, and now $15 has seized the imagination of people across the country, pushing them into action.

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