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Minneapolis Fast-Food Workers To Strike For $15 An Hour

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Fast-food workers in Minneapolis are going on strike for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

The strike and protest is scheduled to begin on Nov. 29 at 6 a.m. at a south side McDonald’s location, followed by a “$15 for Families” march at the University of Minnesota in the evening, WCCO reports.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a strong supporter of workers rights, will reportedly join the striking workers, who, along with their family members, will call on city leaders to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Ellison, who wants to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman, told “Keepin' it 1600” in an interview that raising the minimum wage would improve the lives of many different types of Americans.

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“Raising the minimum wage would increase the pay of a million veterans, millions of women, people of color, rural people ... I think these are some policies that need to take a more prominent role in our work,” he said, according to The Frisky.

“The overwhelming majority of folks who go to work every single day, hope to make enough money to retire someday, hoping to make enough to put food on the table and do something good for our kids,” Ellison said. “That’s where it’s at, that needs to guide everything we do.”

The fight to increase the minimum wage for workers in Minneapolis is part of Fight for $15, an organized effort in 340 cities across the nation that is demanding higher wages and union rights for fast-food, airport, child care, retail and home care workers.

“We've won $15 in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York,” Fight for $15 organizers, led by CTUL in Minneapolis, said in April during a nationwide strike, according to Workday Minnesota. “Eleven million Americans have won raises since the Fight for $15 began just three years ago ... But nearly 64 million hardworking Americans still make less than $15 an hour and 42 percent of workers in Minneapolis don't have paid sick days. Right now is a pivotal time to fight in the Twin Cities for workers' rights.”

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There were two strikes in Minnesota in April: one in St. Paul at a McDonald’s across the street from the state capitol, and the other at a Minneapolis McDonald’s location.

A measure to raise the minimum wage was planned to go on a citywide ballot in Minneapolis this year, WCCO reports, but the state’s Supreme Court overturned the ruling.

Sources: WCCO, The Frisky, Workday Minnesota / Photo credit: Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr

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