Speaking to union members in one of America’s most well-known union cities, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supported a federal minimum wage increase of up to $15.
Clinton spoke in Detroit, Michigan, on June 7 to many workers currently represented by the Service Employees International Union, one of the largest unions in the country.
“All of you should not have to march in the streets to get a living wage, but thank you for marching in the streets to get that living wage. We need you out there leading the fight against those who would rip away Americans’ right to organize, to collective bargaining, to fair pay,” she told the crowd.
This is the first time the former secretary of state has officially commented on the minimum wage issue. Her speech is similar to that of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, whose liberal views on the minimum wage, banks and student loans have given her significant support in the Democratic Party.
The minimum wage has been a hot topic recently, with fast food workers all over the nation protesting their low pay. The federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25, but many large cities and states have passed legislation to raise their minimum wages.
“No man or woman who works hard to feed America’s families should have to be on food stamps to feed your own families,” Clinton continued. “It is wrong that so many people stand against you thinking that they can steal your wages with no consequences. That even stacks the deck higher for those at the top.”
Clinton’s support comes at the same time that major cities across the nation are in the process of increasing their own minimum wages to $15 an hour. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle all have raised minimum wages, with other cities, including New York City, looking to do the same in the future.