March 16, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Cleaveland Ohio – Homecare worker Artheta Peters wants presidential candidates to come get her vote. Artheta and other workers in the Ohio Fight For $15 movement are making sure candidates know that 2.4 million workers in Ohio make less than $15 an hour and those workers want a presidential candidate who endorses a $15 minimum wage and union rights.
[Artheta Peters]: "Here in Cleveland Ohio we are rallying – homecare workers, fast food workers – anybody that is receiving minimum wage as their pay. And we're standin' united to let our politicians know that our wages are too low, we can't feed our families."
Peters backs the Fight For $15 Voter Agenda – higher pay, union rights and comprehensive immigration reform. SEIU, the main union backing Fight For $15 is endorsing Hillary Clinton, but Bernie Sanders is the only candidate to endorse a $15 minimum wage, Clinton supports $12.
Peters says for workers out there trying to make it on these wages, $15 is their bottom line.
[Artheta Peters]: "We're holding out for fifteen dollars. That is our base minimum. We feel like that would better our lives. If they increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour, I would ask 'When do we get $15?' If they give us $12 an hour today, we're still playing catch-up."
Peters wants every politician on both sides of the aisle to know they'll only get her vote if they support $15 an hour and union rights.