Yesterday Madison joined with cities around the United States and the world in calling for “$15 and a Union” as a minimum standard for all wage workers.
Organizers chose Tax Day for this historic action in the growing Fight for $15 as a reminder that businesses who pay poverty wages are subsidized by tax dollars when their workers rely on public assistance to survive.
ICWJ had many members and supporters in the crowd saying, “All religions believe in justice,” and “Madison people of faith are MAD for $15.” We recognize the injustice of workers whose labor is not ascribed value and dignity. We stood with workers who’ve been part of the Fight for $15 from the beginning, as well as workers who came out on strike for the first time. Notably this Strike Day, there were many Spanish speakers in the crowd. Members of Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (UTI) led us in chants of “Sí se puede!”
“Yes, we can!”
There have already been victories in the Fight for $15 since it began in 2012, as we see raises in the minimum wage in various cities such as Seattle and San Francisco, elected officials calling for higher wages, and a rise in the social movement for $15 around the world. Expect to see more actions and more changes in the near future. Sí se puede!