Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fight for $15

The Fight for $15 action yesterday is a top story today in the Guardian:
Workers in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and more than 200 cities across the US walked out on their jobs or joined marches and protests on Wednesday during what organisers claimed was the largest protest by low-wage workers in US history.
Some 60,000 workers took part in the Fight for $15 demonstrations, according to the organisers. The protests are calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour in the US, more than twice the current federal minimum of $7.25.
By late afternoon on the east coast no arrests had been reported, a marked contrast to last May’s action when more than 100 people were arrested during a protest outside McDonald’s Chicago headquarters.
The demonstrations were the latest in a series of strikes that began with fast-food workers in New York in November 2012. The movement has since attracted groups outside the restaurant industry: Wednesday’s protesters included home-care assistants, Walmart workers, child-care aides, airport workers, adjunct professors and other low-wage workers. It also sparked international support, with people protesting low wages in Brazil, New Zealand and the UK.
This movement looks like it might have legs. Did it get major news coverage?
Uh---no. My google news search yields this: 

Los Angeles Times-11 hours ago
“The taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for what we need to survive,” said the 25-year-old Olson, who plans on taking part in the “Fight for 15” ...
Students back Fight for $15 15, 2015
with many more stories listed in other local papers and tv outlets. But I couldn't find anything in the New York Times, or in the Washington Post. Maybe their editors are so well paid that they never eat at fast food outlets or go to Walmart. People in plain sight might be invisible to them.

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