The Fight for Living Wages, The Fight for $15
SEIU Florida is committed to making sure Floridians receive fair, living wages and good working conditions. On November 10, 2015 underpaid Floridians in 20 Florida cities who serve fast food, educate and care for children, support disabled people and seniors, help airport passengers, teach students in higher education and other supporters came together for the biggest-ever mobilization of underpaid working familie in U.S. history with nearly 300 cities participating nationwide. In September 2015 we launched the Minimum Wage Challenge, a campaign designed to call on Florida's elected officials to live on minimum wage for five days and garner support for a $15 minimum wage.
America can’t build a strong future with falling wages. When large, profitable corporations like McDonald’s hold down wages and benefits, it hurts all of us. Ordinary people who work hard are being paid so little that they can’t afford the basics—like groceries, rent, or transportation — and that reduces purchasing power in our neighborhoods. Boosting pay will put money into the hands of working moms and dads, so they can put more money back into our community and create more good jobs. By sticking together, people in the Fight for $15 movement are making change happen and are getting heard.
Corporations wiped out millions of good, middle class jobs during the recession. Now they want new jobs to pay as little as possible. Even though Americans’ hard work is generating billions in profits, most new jobs — especially in food services and other service jobs — tend to pay very little. That means moms and dads who finally have full-time work again are paid so little they qualify for food stamps and other public assistance.
When large, profitable corporations like McDonald’s and Walmart hold down wages and benefits, that hurts all of us.
When wages are pushed down, it slows down the economy for everybody. Ordinary people who work hard can’t afford the basics—like groceries, rent, or transportation — and that reduces purchasing power in our neighborhoods. Boosting pay will put money into the hands of working moms and dads, so they can put more money back into our community and create more good jobs.
Now there is a growing movement to raise wages and strengthen the economy for all of us, not just the rich. Just over two years ago, hundreds of people who work in fast food restaurants in New York City went on strike. They called for a $15/hour wage floor and the right to form a union.
Since that first walkout, thousands of fast food cooks and cashiers in nearly 200 cities from coast to coast have joined the Fight for $15 movement with several waves of national one-day strikes.
Their strikes touched a nerve. Hard-working people across the country are in the same boat. People who provide home care and work in airports have also joined together in the Fight for $15. Together we’re building a broader movement for higher wages and better jobs.
By sticking together, people in the Fight for $15 movement are making change happen and are getting heard. When people who work in our growing service sector have a stronger voice to raise pay that will put us all on a road back to prosperity.
It’s wrong that CEOs and a selfish few at the top are rigging the rules for their benefit. We’ll send a message that it’s wrong for people to work but still be blocked from getting ahead.
Together we’ll stand up for jobs that give our friends, our neighbors, and our families a fair shot at a secure future.