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Walmart Workers Call Store Closings Retaliation

April 21, 2015
By LaborPress

The United Food and Commercial Workers filed a complaint April 20 with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that Walmart’s closing of five stores last week was retaliation for union activity. The company says the stores, in California, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, were being closed for a few months because of “serious plumbing issues,” and that the 2,200 workers laid off could reapply for their jobs when they reopened.

'You Are Winning!'

April 17, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers flood Central Park West.

New York, NY - You are winning. That’s the message fast food workers and others advocates of a $15 an hour minimum wage heard yesterday on the streets of New York City — epicenter of the national movement that began two-and-a-half years ago. 

When Will NYC Take Care Of Its Own Workers?

April 16, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Fast food activist Shantel Walker.

Brooklyn, NY - This week, the latest salvo in the battle to establish a $15 minimum wage was launched in conjunction with a new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office outlining the many economic benefits of raising the wage. But is the City of New York taking the lead in the fight?

Fight for $15 Protests Spread to More Than 230 Cities

April 16, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

From Boston to Birmingham, in Rochester, Richmond, and Raleigh, North Carolina, people in more than 230 cities marched yesterday to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The Service Employees International Union, a main backer of the “Fight for 15” campaign, called it “the largest mobilization of underpaid working people in modern American history.”

New Report: NYC Needs A $15 An Hour Minimum Wage

April 15, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Brooklyn, NY - Calling the establishment of a $15 an hour minimum wage an "economic imperative," NYC Scott Stringer on Tuesday released a new report showing that raising the wage would put more than $10 billion in the pockets of 1.5 million working men and women throughout the five boroughs, while also slashing municipal costs and boosting businesses.

NYC Retail Industry Under Probe!

April 14, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

A new probe into the retail sector could boost low-wage earners.

New York, NY - Low wages well south of $15 an hour are just one of the reasons why so many workers are finding it increasingly difficult to survive. But a new probe into the retail sector could bring struggling low-wage earners some relief.

McDonald's Can Afford A $15/Hr Minimum Wage

April 8, 2015
By Christine Owens

Executive Director, National Employment Law Project

McDonald's workers vow to keep striking.

The April 1, announcement by McDonald’s that it is raising wages by $1 over local minimum wage rates for employees of the fast food operations it directly owns is a modest gesture that will boost pay a little for a small number of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who are trying to make a living selling McDonald’s food and burnishing McDonald’s brand. Even this action would not have happened without the courageous advocacy of fast food workers around the country who, in their Fight for $15, are raising public awareness of the costs of low wages and raising the stakes for big companies that can, but won’t, raise workers’ pay.

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