LA Minimum Wage Increase Shows the Way

September 2, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

Los Angeles, California – The fight to raise the minimum wage in fast food stores has reached California. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti has recommended the raising of the city’s minimum wage by $4.25 and plans to index it to inflation. His goal is to reach a $15 minimum for all workers. Clearly the LA initiative demonstrates the success of the fast-food workers’ movement. For two years, fast-food workers have been calling for $15 an hour and a union—it's an amount that will allow them to support their families and lift communities across America.

“I have worked for McDonald's for 10 years and only make $9.05 per hour. With two school-aged children, I worry about whether I can provide the best life for them. My husband also works at McDonald's, and even with his income, we have to rely on public assistance to put food on the table. We are not alone. We'll continue to grow our movement and won't stop until all workers in Los Angeles earn $15 and a union for their hard work,” said Los Angeles McDonald’s worker Albina Ardon.

September 1, 2014

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