How the Fight for $15 Won

by PETER DREIER – Ordinary people in California and across the country have invested their time and talent toward the goal of lifting working families out of poverty — and the movement is gaining momentum The political earth has shifted. Last week’s tectonic jolt began in California, where the legislature voted Thursday to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15, the highest in the nation. The ripple effects of California’s huge victory for progressive forces are already being felt around the country. The California legislation will increase the current $10 minimum wage to $10.50 next January, then $11 the following year, and increase it by $1 annually until 2022, when it will reach $15. Thereafter, it will increase each year at the same rate as the cost of living. The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, frozen in place by the Republican opposition. In response...

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