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Today at 1:30, fast food workers earning poverty wages will testify in support of House Bill 2672, which would increase minimum wage to $12 over the course of three years. Everyone is still committed to winning a $15 minimum wage, but this would be a step in the right direction. This is happening just a week after McDonald's was handing out apples and information to the legislature, and two days before the legislature met to discuss lowering minimum wage for teenage workers.
There will also be something happening at City Hall on Thursday, but no details have emerged yet.
Fast food is the massive epicenter of this minimum wage debate; the $15 minimum wage protests started with fast food workers, and fast food restaurants employ over 2 million employees nationally, most of whom receive no benefits and rely on public assistance to make ends meet. Eight of the top ten fastest growing jobs pay poverty wages, and a recent survey shows that less than 10% of people who work for certain low-wage employers ever earn a living wage in their lifetime, so this struggle is real.
(Thank you for this tip, Sage!)