The pundits said it would never happen. But both California and New York on Monday implemented legislation that moves them toward a tiered minimum wage of $15 dollars an hour, covering 60 million Americans.
The hikes come as a direct result of organizing by thousands of people in the union-backed “Fight for 15” movement that kicked off in 2012 — organizing that was quickly decried by pundits and opponents as unrealistic and unlikely to ever succeed.
The Fight for 15 movement began when several hundred fast food workers in New York City went on a brief strike to call for higher wages; by the next year, this movement had spread to dozens of cities, with workers going on miniature strikes and protest marches to call for a $15 an hour wage.
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