An overwhelming majority of Seattleites support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But if activists don't mobilize and force politicians to push the wage-increase through, one of three things will happen: (1) it will be slowly phased in over years, during which inflation will continue to rise and dilute the power of the wage bump; (2) the wage increase will be watered down with all manner of exemptions, leaving sections of Seattle workers mired in poverty; or (3) the wage increase won't happen at all, due to well-funded opposition from businesses.
Grassroots organizing throughout last year—strikes and marches and electing a real socialist over an establishment Democrat—got us this far. But even 15 Now, the campaign for raising wages organized by Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative, is being marginalized, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell pointed out in a council hearing yesterday. "There is this very significant grassroots effort and we’re just kind of ignoring it and I don’t think that’s a good idea," Harrell told Mayor Ed Murray's staffers during their presentation to council on the progress of the city's income inequality committee.
Here's one easy way to take action: Join the fast-food boycott tomorrow against the biggest burger chains—McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's. They're raking in billions in profits and could easily pay their workers $15 an hour. McDonald's, for example, earned $5.6 billion in profits last year while suggesting its employees sell their possessions and avoid paying for heating to survive. There's more info, including where and when people can join "boycott lines," over here.