Friday, September 1, 2017

The Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Comes to Oakland This Labor Day

By Matt St. John
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 2:37 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF SEIU 1021
  • COURTESY OF SEIU 1021
Local janitors, fast food workers, and security officers — to name a few — are planning a rally this Labor Day in Oakland, advocating to make $15 the new minimum wage standard. Organizers say the effort is part of a nationwide strike, pairing Oakland workers with protests in Boston and Los Angeles.

The conversation on a $15 minimum wage has been gaining momentum nationally over the last few years. California is set to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023, and cities like Seattle and Minneapolis have voted for similar bills. The minimum wage in Oakland rose this year from $12.55 to $12.86 an hour.

According to a statement from the organizers of Monday’s event, “The actions in Oakland come as the Fight for $15 and the Service Employees International Union join forces ahead of the 2018 election on a massive voter engagement drive aimed at unseating anti-worker politicians and electing leaders who support a $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights.”

The Oakland Labor Day protest is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the McDonalds at Jackson and 14th streets. Demonstrators them plan to march to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 11 a.m. for a rally.

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