More strikes demanding a living wage

Just a short note. We have more labor activism involving a living wage. This is the kind of slow evolution towards a movement among food workers.

We find this in the New York Times

What began in Manhattan eight months ago first spread to Chicago and Washington and this week has hit St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit and Flint, Mich. On Wednesday alone, workers picketed McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Popeye’s and Long John Silver’s restaurants in those cities with an ambitious agenda: pay of $15 an hour, twice what many now earn.

It is clear that this is spreading.

In the meantime, here in San Diego, in the middle of a political crisis from hell, City Council passed a living wage ordinance for Construction workers engaged in city projects. It was quite partisan of a vote.

The East County Magazine quotes the Mayor as saying.

“This decision to pay a fair, livable wage to the hard working men and women in the construction business is long overdue,” said Mayor Filner. “I applaud the City Councilmembers who stood up to do the right thing and voted in favor of the Prevailing Wage Ordinance.”

We are also seeing San Diego joining the movement “Fight for 15” Things are starting to heat up, ever so slowly



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