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Two Articles on the Fight for Fifteen:
Chicago Voters Back $15 Minimum Wage,
While Seattle Marches to a $15 Beat

by George Shriver, co-managing editor, Labor Standard

Below we post links to two current articles about the Fight for Fifteen. In the first, a Huffington Post item dated March 19 reports that “87 percent of Chicago voters who considered the question” favored raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The Fight for Fifteen in the Seattle area, whose leading figure has been the new socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant, has helped to strengthen and publicize this critical nationwide battle, which is in the immediate interest of the entire working class in the United States.

The second item below, by Paul Bigman, who in the past has worked closely with Labor Standard supporters in the Seattle area, gives a detailed and encouraging account of the growing strength of the Fight for Fifteen in that region, which has the support of many sections of the organized union movement.

Bigman’s article is posted on the Labor Notes web site, which also states: “Meet fast food strikers, Seattle labor activists, and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant at the Labor Notes Conference in Chicago April 4–6.”

I envision a marvelous gathering at the Labor Notes Conference, with supporters of the Fight for Fifteen from Chicago and Seattle and many other areas rallying together.


Chicago Voters Overwhelmingly Support $15 Minimum Wage in Primary Ballot Question
by Joseph Erbentraut, The Huffington Post, March 19, 2014

Seattle Marches to a $15 Beat
by Paul Bigman, Labor Notes, March 17, 2014