Protests In 35 States, 190 Cities
Thursday, low-wage workers called for a $15 minimum wage in 190 cities across
the nation as part of the “Fight for $15” campaign. The push, backed by unions
and social justice groups, saw workers, in many cases in fast food restaurants,
walk off the job beginning Wednesday night. The strikes were timed to coincide
with the two-year anniversary of the start of the “Fight for $15” campaign,
which began when fast food workers walked off the job in restaurants in New
York. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, whose union is backing the protests, said,
“The Fight for $15 movement is growing as more Americans living on the brink
decide to stick together to fight for better pay and an economy that works for
all of us, not just the wealthy few.”
What This Means For Small Business:
A $15 per hour minimum wage could be
disastrous for small businesses, many of which don’t have the resources to
adapt to such a wage increase and would be forced to lay off employees or shut
down completely. In addition, some business groups have suggested that the
drive is really more about unionization than about raising the minimum wage..
Read about NFIB’s fight against the federal minimum wage hike.
This news article is intended to keep small business owners apprised of current events that may affect them. It does not necessarily reflect NFIB’s policy position on such issues.
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