Thousands Of Low Wage Workers Walk Off Jobs In Protest

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Above: Fight for $15 protest in Memphis, TN on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the famous Sanitation Strike, which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. participated in.

Workers Protest For $15 An Hour And A Union

Walk Off Work On 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike

Fight for $15 held protests calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage and a union.  Thousands of workers walked off their jobs in two dozen cities.

The protests, which were joined by the Poor People’s Campaign, are part of a multi-year effort by fast food and other low wage workers for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The protests today, February 12, are being held on the 50th anniversary of the day when the famous Memphis sanitation worker’s strike began. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. participated in that strike, which demanded the safety of workers, a living wage and recognition of their union. King was organizing the Poor People’s Campaign at the time of the strike and when he was assassinated in Memphis.

According to the compensation research company PayScale, fast food workers make an average of $8.28 per hour. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour leaves workers unable to afford a two-bedroom rental apartment in any U.S. state.

The organizers of today’s protests are planning six weeks of “direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience” starting on Mother’s Day.

Below are tweets from today’s protests.