August 6, 2016
By Stephanie West
Philadelphia, PA – The Fight for $15 was in the spotlight at the DNC , as workers and elected leaders from across the country highlighted the growing political momentum for $15/hour and union rights.
Henrietta Ivey, a Fight for $15 leader and home care worker from Detroit was invited to address the DNC Thursday evening and discuss her leadership in the campaign: “We are fighting for $15! A $15 minimum wage! Because NO working family should be forced to live in poverty!” Ivey was profiled in the Detroit News earlier this week ahead of her appearance at the convention.
In his speech last Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We raised the minimum wage to $15 because we believe in economic justice,” and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised LA’s leadership in the Fight for $15, stating, “We saw too many Americans living in poverty, so we became the biggest city in America to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, inspiring other cities and states to do the same.”
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) highlighted at the beginning of his speech last Monday that the DNC had adopted $15/hour and union rights as an official part of its platform this year.
Finally, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, speaking “on behalf of the millions who are fighting for $15/hour and a union,” vowed that underpaid workers across the country “will be an unstoppable force in this election because the stakes could not be higher.”